For many people, lack of sleep is a daily issue that causes stress, poor productivity and feelings of hopelessness. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 70 million Americans face chronic sleep problems. Sleep deprivation is associated with injuries, chronic conditions such as obesity, mental illnesses, poor quality of life, increased health care costs and lost work productivity.

Most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Getting less than that daily amount can cause a serious sleep deficit over time. While some sleepless nights may be the result of too much caffeine or thinking about something that’s worrying you, chronic sleep deprivation is often the result of a sleep disorder. The most common sleep disorders are insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome (RLS), snoring and narcolepsy.

If you have sleep apnea, it’s important to get treatment, which can include lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery and breathing devices.

You may have a sleep disorder if you:

  • Have difficulty falling asleep, or wake up and can’t fall back asleep
  • Experience excessive daytime sleepiness or falling asleep at inappropriate times and places
  • Snore so much that it interrupts breathing or wakes you up
  • Wake up feeling as tired as if you hadn’t slept
  • Have unpleasant sensations or movements in the legs keeping you from sleeping

A consultation or sleep study with Ohio State’s Sleep Disorder Center can provide the insights you need to identify and treat the source of nearly all sleep disorders.

Sleep Disorders Center

The Sleep Disorders Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with any type of sleep problem. These conditions include sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, snoring, shift work sleep disorder and unusual behaviors during sleep, known as parasomnias.

We’re among the very first hospital-based sleep disorder centers in the nation to be accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the only one in central Ohio that offers training of future sleep medicine specialists through our fellowship program.

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