Sleep Disorder Facts

•Sleep isnt just time out from life. Its an active state thats important for renewing our mental and physical health every day.  Adequate sleep is essential for our overall well-being and good health. It can affect every aspect of our life. 

•At least 84 sleeping disorders lead to a lower quality of life and diminished health. They endanger public safety by contributing to traffic and industrial accidents.

•The average American woman gets only 6.5 hours of sleep per night. Seven to 8 hours of sleep is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

•Doctors are the worst patients in this arena. The average family physician sleeps only 4 to 5 hours per day.

•According to an NSF survey, 58% of adults say they suffer from symptoms of insomnia.

•Insomnia is defined as: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or waking up too early.

•Causes of insomnia include depression, anxiety disorders, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, caffeine and other stimulants, pain, poor sleep habits, hormonal changes (menstruation, PMS, pregnancy, nursing, perimenopause, menopause), menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, incontinence, environmental challenges (too hot, too cold, snoring partner, outside noises, etc.), and jet lag.

•Melatonin is a popular over-the-counter sleep aid, but has been shown to have a weak effect in sleep disturbances other than jet lag.

•The annual health care bill for someone who suffers from sleep apnea (but has not yet been diagnosed) is approximately twice as much as the yearly total for someone without this condition. 

•Sleep-deprived drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers.

•According to the NSF, one out of 4 adult Americans takes sleep medication at some point during the year.

•Over-the-counter sleep aids generally contain antihistamines (e.g. diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl), which produce drowsiness as a side effect.  Use of these medications should be limited. They can produce a morning hangover effect and tolerance to the dose can develop.

•Herbal/hormonal supplements:  The hormonal supplement melatonin and the herbal supplement valerian are the most popular OTC sleep aids.  The FDA regulates neither of these products, however.

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