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Résumé : Sleep polygraphic recordings were performed during 3 consecutive nights in 12 inpatients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in comparison with age- and sex-matched groups of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and normal subjects. GAD patients differed significantly from those with MDD. A lower number of awakenings and stage shifts in night 1 and the mean of the 3 nights and a shorter rapid eye movement (REM) duration in night 1 but longer REM latency in the mean of the 3 nights were observed in GAD in comparison to MDD. GAD patients also showed a significantly longer sleep onset latency and shorter duration of total sleep time and Stage 2 than control subjects. Electroencephalographic sleep recordings, as well as other laboratory tests, may help the clinician to differentiate anxiety from depressive disorders. © 1988.