How Does a Behavioral Sleep Psychologist Assess for Sleep Problems?

These are the tools the behavioral sleep specialist uses to assess and monitor insomnia and other associated sleep problems:

THE CLINICAL INTERVIEW

History
Initiation and course of sleep problems
Evaluation for co-morbid psychiatric conditions
Assessment of daytime functioning

SLEEP DIARIES
Reports patient’s detailed perception of sleep/wake patterns
Estimates sleep parameters and variability in sleep patterns
Aids differential diagnosis of insomnia vs circadian rhythmn
disorders
Used both as diagnostic tool and across treatment to measure
progress

ACTIGRAPHY

A watch-like instrument worn 24 hours/day on wrist which detects movement and presence of light
Used only p.r.n. when self-report cannot be used or is considered unreliable

QUESTIONNAIRES

Used to assess mood, anxiety, daytime functioning and other specific sleep disorders
Assesses environmental/familial influences on disrupted sleep
Selected in accordance with referral question
Used for both diagnosis and to monitor treatment progress

5.  BED PARTNER INTERVIEWS WHEN POSSIBLE

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