Do You Have a Sleep Disorder?
There are more than 80 different sleep disorders identified by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Some are rare, some quite common, and all can present significant distress, daytime impairment, or health consequences for those who suffer from them. Evaluation and treatment hold the keys to finding relief.
Sleep Disorders are Common
According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 50 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder at some time in their lives. These disorders have a significant impact on the daytime functioning, quality of life, and health of the sufferer. For example, research has shown that people with insomnia:
- Report more problems with attention, concentration, and memory than healthy individuals,
- Are more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety, and
- Are at greater risk for cardiovascular illness.
The significant health consequences of sleep disorders have led experts to agree that these problems warrant medical attention.