Sleepless in Atlanta: Sleep Disorders by the Numbers:
Sleeping seems so simple–just lay down and close your eyes. But the reality is far more challenging. Millions of Americans are suffering from a variety of sleep disorders that lead to chronic fatigue and sleep deprivation. This not only impacts quality of life but also puts them at risk of developing other, more serious health concerns like heart disease, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, and dementia later in life.
There are a few sleep disorders that impact more than all the rest, and two-thirds of all patients presenting for a sleep test with physicians have sleep-disordered breathing (“Apnea”) which can impact life and health. So these are the top 5 disorders to look for in yourself or loved ones:
- Insomnia 30%
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea 24% mild to moderate; 4% Severe
- Restless Leg Syndrome 10%
- Delayed Sleep/Wake Phase Disorder 10%
- Shift Worker Disorder 2%
Give us a call: we can help with proper referral to a sleep physician and many aspects of treatment.
Dr. Bob Finkel