Assessing Sleep Disorders in the Asian Client

  • Sooyeon Suh
  • P. Song
  • Hyun Kim


Sleep disorders are commonly seen in various health-care settings, such as primary care, sleep clinics, and mental health facilities. The three most commonly seen sleep disorders are insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and narcolepsy. A large proportion of Asian-Americans complain of sleep disorders, but cultural considerations when treating an Asian-American patient for a sleep disorder have been largely underemphasized. The main objective of this chapter is to provide psychologists with a comprehensive overview of various sleep disorders, provide prevalence rates in Asian-Americans when available, introduce subjective and objective assessment tools in diagnosing sleep disorders, and discuss cultural considerations associated with Asian-Americans for various sleep disorders.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Disorder Daytime Sleepiness Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sungshin Women’s University, Department of PsychologySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Stanford UniversityRedwood CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyInje University Paik HospitalGoyang-siRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Boston UniversityBostonUnited States

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