Common Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea is a common breathing disorder that afflicts 18 million Americans or roughly 20 percent of the U.S. adult population. Sleep Apnea is a life-threatening condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly during sleep in intervals that may last from 10 seconds to a minute or longer. This disrupts healthy sleep and causes a number of short-term and long-lasting effects that threaten the health and well being of those who suffer from the condition. As many as 90 percent of the U.S. population remains undiagnosed. Could you be one of them?
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep. The extreme tiredness that a narcoleptic experiences causes them to suddenly falling asleep mid-day despite the fact they may be getting sufficient sleep at night. This sleepiness increases to such a point that the person cannot resist the urge to sleep, regardless of what activity they are doing. The narcoleptic may be asleep for seconds, minutes, or more rarely an hour or more. In the United States, it is estimated that this condition afflicts as many as 200,000 Americans.
Insomnia is a symptom of a sleeping disorder characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep despite the opportunity. Insomnia is a symptom, not a stand-alone diagnosis or a disease. By definition, insomnia is "difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both" and it may be due to inadequate quality or quantity of sleep. It is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in year 2007, approximately 64 million Americans regularly suffer from insomnia each year. Insomnia is 1.4 times more common in women than in men.
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