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Do I have a sleep problem?
What are the most common sleep disorders?
Am I the only one having trouble with sleep?
How much sleep do I need?
What are the consequences of too little sleep?


Do I have a sleep problem?
If three or more of the following statements describe you, you should discuss your symptoms with your physician.

  • You snore when you sleep.
  • You gasp for breath or appear to stop breathing during sleep.
  • You behave irregularly or talk when you sleep.
  • You wake frequently due to pain, noise or other reasons.
  • You feel tired or have trouble staying awake during the day.
  • You find yourself nodding off while driving.
  • You collapse or feel extreme fatigue during emotional times.
  • You have the urge to tap or move your legs and feet during the day.
  • You have difficulty falling asleep.
  • You still feel tired when you wake up.

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What are the most common sleep disorders?
The most common sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia — Extreme difficulty maintaining a "normal" sleep cycle.
  • Sleep Apnea — Repeated interruptions in breathing caused by blockage in the airway. Snoring and severe daytime sleepiness result.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome — Tingling or other leg discomfort that requires movement of the limb to relieve the sensation.
  • Narcolepsy — Inability to stay awake.

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Am I the only one having trouble with sleep?
If you're having problems sleeping, you are not alone.

  • Over 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders.
  • More than 50% of people above the age of 65 experience disturbed sleep.
  • Insomnia affects 20% to 40% of adults throughout the year.
  • 1 out of 3 people suffer from insomnia at some point in life.
  • Over 18 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea, but an estimated 10 million are undiagnosed.
  • Narcolepsy affects up to 200,000 people in the U.S., but less than a quarter are diagnosed.
  • Up to 10% of Americans experience restless leg syndrome.

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How much sleep do I need?
Research indicates that adults need an average of 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep per night, and children need an average of 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night.

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What are the consequences of too little sleep?
Scientists indicate that insufficient or restless sleep may increase the risk of:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease

Lack of quality sleep can also impede daily activities, making it difficult to:

  • Concentrate
  • Learn
  • Remember
  • Control impulses and emotions
  • React quickly

Statistics from the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research.

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