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Sleep Disorders


Sleep disorders have an enormous impact upon quality of life. Millions of individuals live much of their lives in a fog of sleepiness and fatigue. Primary and Secondary Insomnias are very common sleep disorders that keep you awake night after night and can lead to sleep deprivation. Insomnia has numerous forms, causes and treatments.

Sleep Fact: Sleep disorder specialists believe sleepy drivers are more of a hazard than drunk drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy drivers cause more than 1500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries each year. That's why rumble strips were developed for highways.

People with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea may become sleepy during the day; their sleepiness may interfere with their work and personal life.

  • Sleep apnea sufferers are five times more likely to have a car accident than are those who don't suffer from this disorder. The National Highway Association estimates that drowsy drivers cause 100,000 automobile crashes each year.
  • Researchers are linking sleep problems to risk of death. More people die in the early morning hours than at any other time of day, presumably with some association to sleep.
  • There is a strong association between illness and death rates and how long an individual reports sleeping each night.
  • People with sleep apnea don't breathe properly during sleep. They don't get enough oxygen. The resulting lack of sleep can trigger high blood pressure, acid reflux, heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure and stroke. 


Sleep disorders are associated with psychiatric symptoms & causes


Shift-Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD): Excessive sleepiness is when you feel unusually sleepy, such as having an urge to doze off or nap at times when you want to be fully alert and awake. People with excessive sleepiness may feel as if they just don’t have the energy to do the things they need to on a daily basis, such as spending time with their family or performing duties at work.



Narcolepsy: Excessive daytime sleepiness and periods of muscle weakness called cataplexy can cause accidents and injury from falling asleep while driving or doing other dangerous tasks.   Read more...


Insomnia: Primary and secondary insomnias are very common sleep disorders that keep you awake and lead to sleep deprivation.  Insomnia has numerous forms, causes and treatments. Read more...


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Depressive symptoms caused by reduced sunlight, controlled by full-spectrum 10,000 Lux bright lights and/or medication and psychotherapy. Read more...

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