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All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
 
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
Insomnia
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
Narcolepsy
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
Nightmares
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
Snoring
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
 
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Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders

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Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and other sleep problems are extremely common and affect everybody at least once in their life. In the United States approximately 40 million people have been diagnosed with some type of sleep disorder, and this number continues to grow every year. According to the National Center on Sleep Disorder Research  “at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders and another 20 to 30 million experience occasional sleep problems.”

The most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea. People who have sleep apnea stop breathing during their sleep due to a blocked airway. The blockage forces the person to wake up momentarily to begin breathing again. This cycle repeats itself continuously throughout the entire night of sleep. Seeing your doctor and possibly getting a referal to a sleep lab or a dentist who specializes in treating the physical and dental aspects of sleep disorders can help you minimize your apnea, get a better, more restful sleep, and eliminate any negative health effects that result from sleep apnea. Read more about sleep apnea here

The second most common sleep disorder is insomnia. Insomnia, which is characterized by the inability to sleep, causes sleep disturbances for lots of people every year. According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, about 30-40% of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year, and about 10-15 percent of adults say they have chronic insomnia. Insomnia can present as it's own sleep disorder or it can be a symptom of another sleep disorder, or even a health issue or condition that is not related to sleep. Read more about insomnia here.

According to the doctors and dentists who specialize in treating people with sleep related problems, there are over 100 types of sleep disorders. Aside from sleep apnea and insomnia, other common sleep disorders include: narcolepsy, sleep walking, sleep paralysis, sleep deprivation, REM sleep disorder, and Restless Leg Syndrome. Many of these sleep disorders can be easily treated with medications or in many cases an oral appliance may be all that is necessary to control the sleep disorder symptoms. If you are having trouble sleeping and think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder you should consult your doctor. Your doctor will probably ask you some questions about your sleep habits to determine what may be causing your sleep problems. It is estimated that between 9-12% of Americans experience insomnia due simply to poor sleeping habits. As a preliminary measure in the evaluation of your sleep disorder you should try to establish a regular sleep schedule. Try to discipline yourself to go to sleep at the same time each night and also to wake up from sleep at a consistent time each morning. As a general rule adults should get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night. If getting onto a normal sleep routine is not possible for you, or does not seem to alleviate your sleep problems than your doctor will likely pursue further investigation to accurately diagnose your sleep disorder. 

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