Sleep Management

  • Kelly Glazer BaronEmail author
  • Leland Bardsley


It is estimated that 50–70 million Americans suffer from sleep/wake disorders. Social and occupational demands lead a significant portion of the population to curtail their sleep, which can lead to consequences for physical, emotional, cognitive health, and public safety. Sleep is a behavior that is highly influenced by lifestyle factors, including stress, diet, and exercise. Maintaining a healthful lifestyle is critical to sleep and often included in the treatment recommendations for sleep disorders. The goal of this chapter is to describe the relationship between sleep and physical health and the role that lifestyle medicine plays in the management of sleep and sleep disorders. Basic concepts of sleep and sleep assessment are introduced and then the relationship between sleep and health is described. Next, the most prevalent sleep disorders are discussed, including insufficient sleep syndrome, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work disorder. The final section of this chapter reviews lifestyle recommendations to extend sleep duration for those with chronic insufficient sleep and behavioral recommendations for promoting good sleep habits in general, as well as recommended treatments for common sleep disorders in particular. This chapter demonstrates that adequate sleep duration is determined by both biological and behavioral factors. Sleep health can be significantly improved, even treated, with lifestyle intervention. Furthermore, sleeping well is one of the benefits of adherence to common lifestyle recommendations, including stress reduction, regular exercise, and achieving/maintaining a healthy weight.


Sleep Insomnia Sleep apnea Cognitive behavioral therapy Positive airway pressure Shift work 



Apnea–hypopnea index


Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia


Continuous positive airway pressure










International Classification of Sleep Disorders, third edition


Obstructive sleep apnea


Positive airway pressure




Rapid eye movement


Suprachiasmatic nucleus


Snoring, Tired, Obesity, blood Pressure


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurology, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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