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How do you sleep?

Did you know that nearly one third of an average person’s life is spent sleeping? Healthy sleep habits promote a healthier immune system and digestive tract. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night to be sufficiently rested.

Lack of sleep can cause decreased productivity and lack of concentration. Sleep deprivation has been linked to negative moods and behaviors which can promote safety concerns while working on the job or around the house. Lack of sleep can contribute to long-term health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure.

What Are Sleep Disorders?

A sleep disorder is a disease process that prevents restorative sleep in patients. Sleep disorders may keep you from falling asleep and/or staying asleep. Sleep disorders occur in people of all ages and walks of life. Some are caused by lifestyle or environment, while others are caused by physical abnormalities or heredity.

Some common sleep disorders are:
  • Obstructive Sleep Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Periodic Leg Movements
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
Not all sleep disorders require a sleep study but all disorders are disruptive and can be dangerous. Here are some symptoms you should speak to you physician about:
  • Frequent Nighttime Urination
  • Memory Problems
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of Depression
  • Gasping or choking while sleeping
  • Loud Snoring
  • Loss of sex drive/impotence
  • Excessive Daytime Fatigue
  • Morning Headache
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Large Neck