According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly fifty million Americans chronically suffer from sleep problems that can affect their careers, their personal relationships, and their safety. The effects of sleep loss are broad ranging: 29 percent of polled adults had fallen asleep or become very sleepy at work; 36 percent had nodded off or fallen asleep while driving; and 14 percent had missed family events, work functions, or leisure activities due to sleepiness. This work, offers basic consumer health information about common sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, and parasomnias, and other health problems that affect sleep, such as cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disorder, pain, and respiratory disorders. It explains how much sleep is needed, the causes and consequences of sleep deprivation, and the methods used to prevent, diagnose, and treat sleep disorders. A section about pediatric sleep issues discusses concerns that impact children from infancy through the teen years. A glossary of terms related to sleep disorders and a list of resources for further help and information are also included.
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