Sleep-related complaints are widely prevalent in those with alcohol dependence (AD). AD is associated not only with insomnia, but also with multiple sleep-related disorders as a growing body of literature has demonstrated. This article will review the various aspects of insomnia associated with AD. In addition, the association of AD with other sleep-related disorders will be briefly reviewed. The association of AD with insomnia is bidirectional in nature. The etiopathogenesis of insomnia has demonstrated multiple associations and is an active focus of research. Treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is showing promise as an optimal intervention. In addition, AD may be associated with circadian abnormalities, short sleep duration, obstructive sleep apnea, and sleep-related movement disorder. The burgeoning knowledge on insomnia associated with moderate-to-severe alcohol use disorder has expanded our understanding of its underlying neurobiology, clinical features, and treatment options.
Keywords: Alcohol; Alcoholism; Sleep; Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders.
Copyright © 2016 by the Research Society on Alcoholism.
Chakravorty S, Chaudhary NS, Brower KJ. Alcohol Dependence and Its Relationship With Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2016 Nov;40(11):2271-2282. doi: 10.1111/acer.13217. Epub 2016 Oct 5. PMID: 27706838; PMCID: PMC7486899.