Sleep-Related Cognitive Processes

Part of the Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)


The essence of a cognitive model of psychopathology is the implication of multiple cognitive processes (including schematic, attentional, and perceptual biases) that predispose and perpetuate a given disorder. Considerable research has amassed to support this model in insomnia; that is, people with insomnia have a range of cognitive-emotional processes that make it more likely for the insomnia to occur and continue (Behav Res Ther 40:869–893, 2002). Harvey (Behav Res Ther 40:869–893, 2002) presents a comprehensive contemporary cognitive model of insomnia, which includes a range of sleep-interfering cognitive processes including beliefs, perception, and attention. We discuss each component of Harvey’s Cognitive Model of Insomnia and provide evidence in support of such a model. This chapter sets the stage for a detailed discussion of cognitive strategies in the subsequent chapter.


Attentional Bias Poor Sleep Good Sleeper Sleep Loss Safety Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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