Do You Feel Like You Never Get a Great Night’s Rest?
A sleep disorder is a medical issue relating to patterns of sleep and waking. There are many types of sleep disorders. Some have little effect on your general health, but there are sleep disorders that can have far reaching consequences for your physical, social, emotional, economic, and mental well-being.
Surprising Sleep Disorder Statistics
- 50 to 70 million US adults have a sleep disorder
- 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.
- 4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month.
- Drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States.
See if Any of These Sleep Disorder Symptoms Apply to You:
- Waking in the morning without feeling rested
- Morning headaches
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Recent, unexplained weight gain
- Change in your level of attention, concentration, or memory
- Fatigue, lack of energy
- Decreasing quality of life
- Awaking at night feeling confused
- Observed pauses in breathing during sleep
Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that results in repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep. Pauses can occur several times an hour and last for more than 10 seconds. During the pause, your blood-oxygen levels decrease, and the brain signals you to wake up, which may happen suddenly accompanied by your loud gasping and choking.
Snoring is a common condition that can affect anyone, although it does occur more often in men. Snoring tends to get worse as you age, and it is also more common if you are overweight. If you are a habitual snorer, you are compromising your own sleep quality and health as well as disrupting the sleep patterns of those close to you.