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Why is sleep important?



In addition to maintaining wakefulness, sleep is required for normal immune and nervous system function, and for the ability to maintain normal physical and mental capacity.

Sleep is essential for learning and memory, and for normal cell growth.

Lack of sleep can cause depression, anxiety, irritability, and a host of other maladies.

Sleep disorders in children





Sleep disorders in Adults and Adolescents



Conditions Linked To Sleep Disorders



Attention Deficit Disorders



Attention deficit disorders – also referred to as ADD or ADHD – can cause significant stress and dysfunction in all aspects of a child’s life. Recent medical research has shown that some (and perhaps a great many) kids are mislabeled with ADD/ADHD when the real problem is a sleep disorder causing chronic sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep may cause children to be inattentive or hyperactive. They may be doing poorly in school and may seem to be failing to thrive overall.


Fibromyalgia



Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood disorder characterized by long-term pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.  Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.  The disorder is most commonly seen in women aged 20 to 50.  Recent studies have shown that many patients with fibromyalgia have an identifiable sleep disorder that, when treated, results in a marked improvement in pain and other symptoms.

Sleep Disorders



Primary disorders of daytime sleepiness
Gastroesophageal reflux
Sleep disordered breathing
Parasomnias
Inadequate sleep hygiene
Periodic limb movement disorder
Restless leg syndrome
Delayed sleep phase syndrome
Insomnia
Nocturnal Seizures
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