Common Sleep Disorders
An estimated 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder
Experts say there are more than 80 different types of sleep disorders, but here are the most common:
Joseph Ojile, MD, medical director of St. Anthony’s Sleep Center, reviews a recent sleep study.
“Among the various sleep disorders, sleep apnea is the biggest concern because it strains the heart and blood vessels if your body has to struggle for oxygen, putting you at risk for a heart attack or stroke,” says Joseph Ojile, MD, a board-certified pulmonologist and sleep specialist and medical director of St. Anthony’s Sleep Center. “Yet the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that 80 to 90 percent of adults with sleep apnea are undiagnosed. You could be a walking time-bomb if sleep apnea is left untreated.”
Two recent studies found that adults with severe sleep apnea were three times more likely to die early than those who experienced good sleep. Even moderate cases increased the risk of death by 17 percent.
Dr. Ojile says sleep apnea has been found in:
“Sleep is essential to our well-being,” says Dr. Ojile. “Proper treatment for a sleep disorder, especially sleep apnea, can help minimize the damaging effects caused by these medical conditions.”
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