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Facts on Sleep Disorder

Last Updated on Mar 17, 2018

Introduction to Sleep Disorders

Natural sleep is as important as diet and exercise. Some individuals who feel tired all through the day may truly have a sleep disorder, although others could also have a problem, as they may not allow themselves to get enough sleep.

An adult needs about 7-8 hours of sleep every night to rest well. However, in reality, an average adult generally gets less than 7 hours of sleep every night.

If disturbances in sleep are not taken care of, they can interfere with our ability to work, drive, engage in social activities and overall quality of life.

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Facts

  1. Human beings are the only mammals that can willingly delay sleep
  2. Self-imposed sleep deprivation is one of the primary causes of excessive sleepiness among Americans.
  3. Staying awake for 16 hours straight can decrease your performance, as much as if your blood alcohol level were .05% ( The legal limit is (.08)).
  4. Night shift workers are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders.
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  1. Chances of insomnia (sleeplessness) can increase with age. However sometimes sleep disturbances can be due to other medical conditions such as chronic pain.
  2. Higher altitudes can contribute to sleep disturbances. They can become greater at altitudes of 13, 200 feet or more. Disturbances in sleep are suspected to be caused by diminished oxygen levels and accompanying changes in respiration. It can take about two to three weeks to adjust to such an environment.
  3. Dysania is a real condition in which it is difficult for a person to get out of bed. This condition is known to signal nutritional deficiency, depression, and other problems.
  4. Before the advent of color TV, only 15% of the population were reported to dream in color.
  5. For approximately 90 million American adults, snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption - for the one who snores and those trying to sleep in the vicinity.
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  1. We are bound to feel tired nearly two times a day, i.e., 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural drop in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.
  2. Family situations can impact sleep duration to a great extent. Nearly 42.6% single parents were reported to get less than seven hours of sleep every night in 2013-2014.
  3. In 2015, nearly 196.3 prescriptions were prescribed for sleep aids per one thousand patients alone. Sleep aids are more common solutions for sleeping problems.
  4. In 2016, nearly 68% of millennials stated that the right amount of sleep was important to their personal lives.

References:

  1. Sleep Disorders: In Depth - (https://nccih.nih.gov/health/sleep/ataglance.htm)
  2. 22 Facts About Sleep That Will Surprise You (Infographic) - (https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/05/22-facts-about-sleep-that-will-surprise-you-infographic/)
  3. Sleep in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts - (https://www.statista.com/topics/2000/sleep-in-the-us/)
  4. 9 Fascinating Insomnia and Sleep Statistics - (https://www.trendstatistics.com/health/9-fascinating-insomnia-sleep-statistics/)

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