Towards a valid, reliable measure of sleep effort

Broomfield, Niall M ORCID: and Espie, Colin A (2005) Towards a valid, reliable measure of sleep effort. Journal of Sleep Research, 14 (4). pp. 401-407. ISSN 0962-1105

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A frequent clinical observation is that patients with insomnia strive to control their sleep. However, sleep is an involuntary physiological process, which cannot be placed under full voluntary control. Therefore, direct, voluntary attempts to control sleep may actually exacerbate and perpetuate insomnia. To date, no reliable scale has been available to test this hypothesis directly. Moreover, while sleep effort is a core International Classification of Sleep Disorders--Revised criterion for psychophysiological insomnia, clinicians lack a reliable measure with which to assess the construct. In this initial scale validation study, we present psychometric data for the Glasgow Sleep Effort Scale based on a relatively small but representative sample of patients with insomnia and good sleepers. The clinical and research value of the new scale is discussed and future research directions are described.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic disease,female,humans,intention,male,middle aged,pilot projects,psychometrics,reproducibility of results,sensitivity and specificity,diagnosis,surveys and questionnaires
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2019 07:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 04:51
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2005.00481.x

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