Sleep-related disorders are a public health epidemic

Over 70 million Americans suffer from clinically significant sleep-related disorders.¹

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Why sleep matters
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Sleep-related disorders have serious effects that reach into all areas of life. They significantly increase the risks for life-threatening ailments, afflictions, and accidents; affect relationships; and reduce quality of life. Yet, nearly 90% of sleep disorders go undiagnosed and untreated.²

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Common Disorders

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your breathing repeatedly pauses for at least 10 seconds at a time while you sleep. It’s a sleep disorder that can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Symptoms can include loud snoring, sleep disturbance and daytime sleepiness.

Insomnia

If you have had repeated trouble falling or staying asleep, you may have insomnia disorder. It’s a common disorder that can have a variety of causes, from situational to medical, and can last anywhere from one night to many months.

Hypersomnias

If you suffer from constant, recurrent episodes of extreme sleepiness and symptoms of sleep deprivation, you may have idiopathic hypersomnia (IH). It can be caused by other disorders such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and the use of some types of medications.

Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders

Your internal sleep clock should align to natural light and darkness. A disruption in that rhythm can cause insomnia and extreme daytime sleepiness, which can lead to mental, physical, social, and professional decline.

Parasomnia

If you experience unusual behaviors at any stage of your sleep, you may be suffering from parasomnia. Examples include confusion, sleepwalking, night terrors, paralysis, and hallucinations, among others.

Long-term effects of sleep-related disorders

Over time, sleep deprivation can take a serious toll mentally and physically.

Cognitive Decline

Persistent lack of sleep can impair your short- and long-term memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills, all of which can increase the likelihood of accidents and injury.

Emotional distress

Everything seems worse when you’re constantly tired, which makes you more likely to become depressed and to react poorly in professional and personal situations.

Higher risk for disease

Chronic sleep deprivation can significantly increase your risk for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It also can lead to high blood pressure, lowered sex drive, and weight gain.

Weakened immunity

A sleep-deprived immune system doesn’t function as it should, making it harder to fight off viruses you’re exposed to, including COVID-19.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder in which you repeatedly stop and start breathing while you sleep. People living with obstructive sleep apnea can experience loud snoring, daytime drowsiness, morning headaches, high blood pressure, mood changes, and other troubling symptoms.

If left untreated, OSA can have serious complications such as cardiovascular problems, sleepiness that impacts focus and work performance, surgery complications, relationship conflicts, and more. That’s why there’s OSA by Primasun.

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