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doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000040
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The Prevalence of Sleep Disturbance in Alcoholics Admitted for Treatment: A Target for Chronic Disease Management

Wallen, Gwenyth R. PhD; Brooks, Alyssa T. BS; Whiting, Barbara MSN; Clark, Rosa RN; Krumlauf, Michael C. RN; Yang, Li MS; Schwandt, Melanie L. PhD; George, David T. MD; Ramchandani, Vijay A. PhD

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Abstract

Prolonged and heavy use of alcohol is associated with persistent sleep disturbances. Objective and subjective measures of sleep quantity and quality were collected on 164 individuals undergoing detoxification. A high prevalence of sleep disturbance was found in this sample. Sleep quality improved by week 4 but continued to be altered, signaling a target area for recovery management. This study supports the high prevalence of sleep disturbance in individuals undergoing alcohol treatment. Health promotion strategies in an addiction recovery model should address quality-of-life enhancements for individuals and their families including optimizing sleep quality and duration through sustained recovery.

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