A sleep disorder is a physical and psychological condition or disturbance of sleep and wakefulness caused by abnormalities that occur during sleep or by abnormalities of specific sleep mechanisms. Although the sleep disorder exists during sleep, recognizable symptoms manifest themselves during the day. Accurate diagnosis requires a polysomnogram, widely known as a “sleep test.”
It is estimated that some 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders. Another 20 to 30 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder on an irregular basis. The annual costs in productivity, health care, and safety have been estimated in the billions of dollars.
Source: National Sleep Foundation, National Department of Transportation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
You can never underestimate the value of a good night sleep, offering our body time to rejuvenate and thrive. For many, sustained and restorative sleep eludes them. While we encourage you to consult a physician for a professional assessment, you will find many helpful resources here to help educate yourself and guide you through diagnosis, treatment and disease management. Sleep for health and vitality!
Types of Sleep Disorders
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) (or apnea) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by complete…