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Sleep disorders

A good night's rest can do wonders for your health

How much sleep do I need?

Research indicates that adults need an average of 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep per night, and children need an average of 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night. 

What are the most common sleep disorders?

The most common sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia - Extreme difficulty maintaining a "normal" sleep cycle
  • Sleep Apnea - Repeated interruptions in breathing caused by blockage in the airway. Snoring and severe daytime sleepiness result
  • Restless Leg Syndrome - Tingling or other leg discomfort that requires movement of the limb to relieve the sensation
  • Narcolepsy - Inability to stay awake

What are the consequences of too little sleep?

Scientists indicate that insufficient or restless sleep may increase the risk of:

Lack of quality sleep can also impede daily activities, making it difficult to:

  • Concentrate
  • Learn
  • Remember
  • Control impulses and emotions
  • React quickly

If three or more of the following statements describe you, you should discuss your symptoms with your physician.

  • You snore when you sleep
  • You gasp for breath or appear to stop breathing during sleep
  • You behave irregularly or talk when you sleep
  • You wake frequently due to pain, noise or other reasons
  • You feel tired or have trouble staying awake during the day
  • You find yourself nodding off while driving
  • You collapse or feel extreme fatigue during emotional times
  • You have the urge to tap or move your legs and feet during the day
  • You have difficulty falling asleep
  • You still feel tired when you wake up