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Narcolepsy & REM sleep behavior disorder

Narcolepsy and REM sleep behavior disorder are two sleep disorders that are much less common and are frequently misunderstood by both physicians and patients.

Narcolepsy typically does not cause a person to sleep excessively. Most patients with narcolepsy sleep only 8 to 9 hours in a 24-hour period. This is the normal sleep requirement for most adults. Instead, people with narcolepsy have difficulty with regulating transitions between sleep and wakefulness. They may have brief attacks during the day where they fall asleep without warning and they may have difficulty staying asleep at night.

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Public Policy & The National Sleep Foundation

PUBLIC POLICY ON SLEEP DISORDERS: 


sonnomasksApproximately 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders and another 20 to 30 million suffer intermittent sleep-related problems.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

One of the most common sleep disorders in adults isobstructive sleep apnea, occurring in an estimated one in four individuals over age 60. In this disorder, breathing is impaired or stops for several seconds repeatedly throughout the night. This disrupts the flow of sleep and can result in a variety of problems including daytime sleepiness.

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Restless Legs Syndrome

sonno-bedroomOne other relatively common disorder is restless legs syndrome. This disorder is diagnosed based on a history of restlessness or discomfort predominantly in the legs, and typically occurring in the evening or when a person sits or lies down for a prolonged period of time. The sensation in the legs is relieved when that person gets up and/or moves around.

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The Basics

sonnobedsSleep is one of the most important aspects of your health. Yet for people with a variety of sleep disorders, getting a good night's sleep is literally exhausting! Poor sleep can be hazardous to your physical and mental health.

People who are chronically sleep-deprived may suffer problems with memory, concentration and mood.

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