Facts Everyone Should Know About Sleep and Sleep Disorders
By jphilpot, Updated
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Driver fatigue is responsible for 100,000 motor vehicle accidents and 1500 deaths each year.
Idiopathic Hypersomnia is excessive daytime sleepiness that consists of symptoms with many causes, but it is not considered a "disease."
Narcolepsy disrupts normal sleep-wake cycles due to a lack of hypocretin in the hypothalamus.
Cataplexy is a symptom of narcolepsy that causes a sudden weakness of muscles that is brought on by strong emotion.
Cases of insomnia, which is simply the inability to sleep, can be treated depending on the severity. Extreme cases can be maintained through therapy that works to alter circadian cycles.
Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia; It affects around 40% of women and 30% of men.
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