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What Are Sleep Disorders?

Sleep disorders involve problems with the quality, timing, and amount of sleep that may impact and cause daytime distress and an impairment in functioning. About 70 million people in the United States suffer from sleep disorders, which oftentimes occurs due to a range of health-related conditions.

Causes, Types  & Symptoms

Sleep Disorders can be caused by many conditions, diseases, and disorders that can cause sleep disturbances. In many cases, sleep disorders develop as a result of an underlying health problem. The causes of sleep disorders can include a combination of the following:

  • Medical

  • Physical

  • Psychiatric

  • Environmental

  • Working the night shift

  • Genetics

  • Medications

  • Aging

Some of the most common sleep disorders are:

  • Sleep apnea

  • Insomnia

  • Parasomnias

  • Periodic Limb Movement

  • Restless Leg Syndrome

  • Narcolepsy

The symptoms for sleep disorders may differ depending on the severity and type. They may also vary when sleep disorders are a result of another condition.

  • difficulty falling or staying asleep

  • daytime fatigue

  • strong urge to take naps during the day

  • unusual breathing patterns

  • unusual or unpleasant urges to move while falling asleep

  • unusual movement or other experiences while asleep

  • unintentional changes to your sleep/wake schedule

  • irritability or anxiety

  • impaired performance at work or school

  • lack of concentration

  • weight gain

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50 To 70 Million Americans Have A Sleep Disorder


Get The Facts on Sleep Disorders

According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health:

  • 50 - 70 million US adults have a sleep disorder

  • 48.0% report snoring

  • 25 Million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea

  • 40% of adults report unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once a month

  • 9-21% of women and 24 - 31% of men have obstructive sleep apnea

Sleep Disorder Risk Factors

Sleep disorders takes an emotional, physical, and mental toll, impacting every part of the human body. So, the importance of getting a good night's sleep is a pivotal component of maintaining your overall health. Below are some examples of how sleep disorders can contribute to health complications.

  • Daytime fatigue

  • High blood pressure or heart problems

  • Increased risk of hypertension

  • Increase your risk of recurrent heart attack and stroke

  • Increased risk of Type 2 diabetes

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Complications with medications and surgery

  • Liver problems

  • Sleep-deprived partners

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