Persistent trouble falling or staying asleep at night
or frequent drowsing by day is not normal, nor is it inevitable with
age. There are different types of sleep problems. Some of them can mask
an underlying medical disorder and others are commonly associated with
certain types of illness and conditions.
Sleep disorders are common among Americans, and they result in
diminished quality of life and personal health. Researchers have linked
lack of sleep to increased risk for medical problems and to heightened
risk for accidents.
It is important to understand the underlying cause of a sleep
disturbance, and there are many treatments available to help restore the
body’s natural ability to sleep. If you are experiencing persistent
problems with sleep, talk with your doctor. A sleep study at Martha
Jefferson’s Sleep Medicine Center may be the next step in getting you
back to healthy sleep.