Are Sleep Disorders a
Real Problem? Researchers Recommend Public Health Campaign - Sleep
Apnea Can Be Treated with CPAP Machines
April 4th 2006
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According to the Institute of Medicine, sleep related problems are
costing the nation hundreds of billions of dollars per year in medical
expenses, lost productivity, accidents and other costs. "Although sleep
research and care for individuals with sleep disorders have expanded
over the past several years, we currently don't have the capacity to
adequately diagnose and treat all who suffer from these problems," said
Harvey Colten, who chaired the committee that wrote the report.
Colten is right, most people affected by sleep disorders are not sure
what the problem is and how to treat it. More than 50 million Americans
suffer from some type of chronic sleep disorder. People may experience
daytime sleepiness or an inability to fall asleep. Some people wake up
midway through their night and are unable to fall asleep again.
According to Colten, most people that suffer from a sleep disorder are
undiagnosed and untreated. A common sleep problem, obstructive sleep
apnea (OSA), is only diagnosed in about 25% of the 6 million people who
suffer from the sever form of the disease.