Approximately 70 million Americans suffer from one sleep disorder or another. Sleep disorders are characterized by any conditions that prevent a person from getting restful sleep. The dangerous part isn’t the actual sleep loss, but the dysfunction it causes during the waking hour when we are operating motor vehicles, work-associated machinery, and so forth.
Here are the eight most common sleep-associated disorders…
1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Approximately 4-percent of American men and 2-percent of women suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The condition temporarily blocks breathing in the upper airways during sleep, causing loud, labored snoring and stressful sleep interruptions frequently throughout a single night, and resulting in severe daytime drowsiness, depression, moodiness, and inability to concentrate during the waking hours.