chapter  10
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Medico-legal aspects of sleep disorders

WithJohn Shneerson

Legal implications arise not only from sleep disorders, but also from problems with normal sleep, such as sleep deprivation, and the effects of drugs and alcohol on sleep.1 The scientific understanding and medical knowledge of sleep and its disorders are developing rapidly but there is relatively little awareness of this among the general public, and the legal framework often fails to take sleep into account. There are many differences among the laws of different countries, but the principles discussed in this chapter are broadly similar in most Western jurisdictions and are transferable from one country to another (Table 10.1).