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Should we be targeting sleep architecture to more effectively treat schizophrenia?

Luu, Brent, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP; Rodway, George W., PhD, APRN; Rice, Elizabeth, PhD, PMHNP-BC, RN

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: December 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 12 - p 52–54
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000544303.53824.71
Special Topics in Mental Health

ABSTRACT The sleep architecture (or sleep kinetics) of schizophrenia is different from that of other mental illnesses, including major depressive disorder. However, clinicians rarely consider these parameters in clinical settings during treatment. This article discusses the use of polysomnography to characterize the sleeping patterns of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and the positive influence of clozapine on sleep in patients with schizophrenia.

At the University of California at Davis' Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Brent Luu is an assistant clinical professor, George W. Rodway is an associate professor of clinical nursing, and Elizabeth Rice is associate dean of clinical education and practice and director of the nurse practitioner program. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD, and Michael D. Overcash, MPAS, PA-C, department editors

Copyright © 2018 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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