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Not getting the sleep you need impacts every area of your life.  (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

Not getting the sleep you need impacts every area of your life. (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

There is no question that not getting enough sleep can have real repercussions in your life.  Being overtired or fatigued increases the risk of being in a motor vehicle accident, decreases productivity at work or school, impacts personal relationships, and can be very detrimental to your physical and mental health.  The quick answer to this public health problem is for everyone to get more sleep.  But if you are among the 50-70 million people the Centers for Disease Control estimates are affected by sleep disorders, getting more sleep may require more than an earlier bed time.

The first step to getting the sleep you need to be healthy is to get a diagnosis.  Most people begin this process by meeting with their regular doctor to discuss the problems they are having with sleep.  A diagnosis may be made by that doctor or by a sleep doctor after additional testing is conducted.  Having the diagnosis enables you to find the strategies, resources, and treatment options that will help you manage your disorder and get the amount of sleep you need.

Here are helpful resources related to sleep disorders in general and for each of the most common sleep disorders.

 

Sleep Disorders – General Information

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

Insomnia

 

Narcolepsy

 

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)