More than one in 10 Americans is affected by a sleep disorder. If you are one of the millions of Americans with a sleep disorder, you know just how important a good night’s rest can be. Quality sleep renews your mind and body. It provides you with the energy to accomplish your goals — whether those goals involve work or play or the numerous activities that make up a full life.
Sleep disturbances interfere with the quality of your waking hours — and may be life-threatening. They rob you of the stamina, focus and vitality you need, and they contribute to high blood pressure, depression, and even heart attack and stroke.
How do you know if you have a serious sleep problem? Usually, in one of two ways:
- You notice major changes in your sleep patterns—such as trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, or
- Someone close to you calls a sleep problem to your attention—such as your snoring loudly or stopping breathing in the night
The most common sleep disorders include:
- sleep apnea — serious condition involving snoring and interruption of breathing during sleep
- insomnia — inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
- narcolepsy — severe disorder involving uncontrolled sleep attacks during the day
- parasomnia — problems including nightmares, sleepwalking, abnormal movement, bedwetting
- sleep-wake schedule disorders — conflict between body’s sleep cycle and a person’s life- or work-schedule