Facts Everyone Should Know About Sleep and Sleep Disorders

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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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