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Sleep Disorders

Over 100 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, yet very few people know the symptoms or the serious, potentially life-threatening dangers of some of these conditions. Beyond an occasional night when you might have trouble falling asleep, sleep disorders can affect your health and well-being more than most people realize. With at least 84 known types of sleep disorders, people who have sleep disorders experience diminished health, a lower quality of life and can become public safety risks due to the effects on driving and industrial accidents.

However, many sleep disorders, even serious ones, if diagnosed properly can be treated effectively, so that you needn't suffer from their ill effects.

Symptoms and Dangers

If you or someone you care for suffers from one or more of the following symptoms, it may be the cause of, or the result of, a sleep disorder.

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Low energy levels
  • Waking up feeling tired
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Personality changes
  • Weight gain
  • Reflux (heartburn)
  • Snoring
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Chronic pain
  • Feeling the need to sleep more
    than 7-8 hours a day
  • Frequent accidents
  • Jittery legs
  • Mild to severe depression
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Nightmares
  • Sleepwalking
  • Bed wetting
  • Sleep-time anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Stroke

To find out if you have a sleep disorder and what type, it is important that you have a thorough examination by a physician trained in sleep disorders and possibly one or more types of tests.

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