Sleep isn’t just a “timeout” from daily life. It is an active state important for renewing our mental and physical health every day. More than 100 million Americans of all ages, however, regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep.
At least 84 disorders of sleeping and waking lead to a lowered quality of life and reduced personal health. They endanger public safety by contributing to traffic and industrial accidents. Some sleep disorders can be life-threatening.
Adults who suffer from the following conditions may have a sleep disorder:
- Restless legs and frequent limb movements
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Morning fatigue despite a full night’s sleep
- Morning headache
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Interruption of breathing while asleep
- Overweight or continuous weight gain
- Falling asleep while driving or more than one motor vehicle accident in the past