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Sufficient Sleep in Homeless Environments

1. Chronic sleep deficit hastens the onset and increases the severity of age-related ailments, including:

A. Diabetes

B. Hypertension

C. Obesity

D. All of the above


2. Just _________ of sleep deprivation make a measurable difference in functioning at a high level, including the ability to focus or to learn new tasks that require motor coordination and performance.

A. One day

B. Two days

C. Three days

D. Four days


3. Even if the patient cannot afford treatment, a sleep study provides useful information since a diagnosis may help support a disability application.

A. True

B. False


4. Which of the following approaches to treating sleep difficulties should only be used when the sleep problems are causing difficulties with the person’s daily activities and after evaluating the cause of insomnia?

A. Behavioral therapies

B. Relaxation techniques

C. Hypnotics

D. All of the above


5. The dietary supplement, melatonin, is relatively benign and can be taken one hour before bedtime and may help induce sleep, increase the number of sleeping hours, and boost daytime alertness.

A. True

B. False


6. Mental health disorders that often cause sleep problems include all of the following, except:

A. Depression

B. Borderline personality disorder

C. Bipolar disorder

D. Posttraumatic stress


7. All of the following are true with regards to alcohol, except for:

A. Although the short-term effect is to reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, overall, alcohol disrupts sleep, especially later in the night.

B. As alcohol wears off, it disrupts sleep by causing the person to wake up, feel anxious, or start sweating.

C. Alcohol increases REM sleep.

D. Alcohol suppresses breathing, which can precipitate sleep apnea.


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