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Facts about Sleep Disorders

Facts About Sleep Disorders

Loss of sleep is believed to contribute to strained relationships at home, and unfulfilled potential on the job, and can also be dangerous, leading to serious or even fatal accidents. Consider these facts from the National Sleep Foundation, the National Commission of Sleep Disorders Research, and the National Transportation Safety Board:

  • The direct costs of sleepiness and lost productivity in the workplace is estimated at $15.9 billion.
  • Drowsy drivers take the blame for at least 100,000 police-reported crashes in the US annually.
  • Forty million Americans suffer debilitating sleep disorders; the majority of them are undiagnosed.

How much sleep is needed?
Although sleep needs vary from person to person, generally, most healthy adults need an average of 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. If you have some of the following problems, you may need more sleep than you are getting:

  • trouble staying alert during boring or monotonous activities
  • tendency to be unreasonably irritable with co-workers, family, or friends
  • difficulty concentrating or remembering facts

A good starting point is taking the Sleep Quiz. Results of the quiz will help you know if you need to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. You might also want to begin tracking your sleep habits with our Sleep Diary.

Types of Sleep Disorders:
Learn more about the symptoms and treatments for the following sleep disorders:

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