A Review on Genetics of Sleep Disorders


Reza Bidaki 1 , Mina Zarei 2 , * , Ali Khorram Toosi 2 , Mitra Hakim Shooshtari 3

1 Department of psychiatry Rafsanjan University of medical sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran

2 Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant professor of Child and adolescence psychiatry. Department of psychiatry, Tehran University of medical sciencs, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Bidaki R, Zarei M, Khorram Toosi A, Hakim Shooshtari M. A Review on Genetics of Sleep Disorders, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2012 ; 6(1):12-9.


Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 6 (1); 12-9
Published Online: June 30, 2012
Article Type: Review Article
Received: June 06, 2010
Revised: December 14, 2011
Accepted: February 21, 2011


One-third of population deal with sleep disorders which might be due to social, economic or medical problems. Studies on twins have indicated the role of genetic factors in these disorders. Monozygotic twins have a very similar hypnogram. A higher prevalence of some sleep disorders is reported in relatives of the patients with these disorders. Genes also affect sleep disorders as well as some other disorders at the same time. Sleep disorders can also influence the level of the personal and social functioning. Recent genetic advances have clarified the role of different genes in sleep disorders. The purpose of this article is to present a brief review about the role of genetic factors in some of the sleep disorders.

Declaration of interest: None

Citation: Bidaki R, Zarei M, Khorram Toosi A, Hakim shooshtari M. A review on genetics of sleep disorders. IranJ Psychiatry Behav Sci 2012; 6(1): 12-9.


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