Sleep Disorders 101

A sleep disorder is a physical and psychological condition or disturbance of sleep and wakefulness caused by abnormalities that occur during sleep or by abnormalities of specific sleep mechanisms.

Sleep Disorders 101

It is estimated that some 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders. Another 20 to 30 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder on an irregular basis. The annual costs in productivity, health care, and safety have been estimated in the billions of dollars.

Source: National Sleep Foundation, National Department of Transportation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Think You Have A Sleep Problem?

New-Patient Toolkit

Here are our suggestions for your next steps. We call it our New-Patient Toolkit. Follow these links below, in the order listed, and we’ll walk you through the process of getting your sleep problem diagnosed and treated.

Ready to talk to your doctor? Read this first.

Check out this sample consultation with a doctor on Snoring and Sleep Apnea.

Completing the forms below before you visit your doctor might help the doctor with his diagnosis. These require Adobe Acrobat – you can download it for free here.

Sleep Log

Bed Partner Questionnaire

Medication Log

Need help finding a sleep doctor? We can help you Find a Sleep Center.

Your doctor may want you to have an overnight sleep study, or Polysomnogram, to help determine whether or not you have a sleep disorder and how severe it might be.

Read about the Polysomnogram to help you understand the test.

View photos of an overnight sleep study

Once you have discussed your sleep study results or talked about your sleep problems with your doctor, come back to for more information. Remember, we offer support with online chats.

If you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder, work with your doctor (and home health care company if you are an apnea patient using CPAP). Sleep problems and sleep disorders ARE treatable, and you’ll find that getting a good night’s sleep again can change your whole life!

You can learn more about sleep disorders by looking through our library of Sleep Basics Features and Sleep Articles.  Among other items here, you can read 101 Questions About Sleep and Dreams.

The Talk About Sleep Mission: to be a world leader in the sleep field by providing quality information, support and resources to sleep disorder patients, their family, friends and healthcare professionals.

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