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 healthcare 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.
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.