Antipsychotics are Poor Sleep Aids

Kermit Cole
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Research from Australia shows that “remained pervasive” in 70% of a sample of 83 patients medicated with antipsychotics and other medications, and concludes that antipsychotics are “not an appropriate substitute for other sleep interventions” because “antipsychotic medication only marginally improves, but does not normalise, sleep.” The research was published online June 1, 2012 in Schizophrenia Research.

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Waters, F. Falkner, D. Naik, Neepa, Rock, Daniel; “Effects of Polypharmacy on Sleep in Psychiatric Patients.Schizophrenia Research, published online June 1, 2012

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]