In 1993 the National Committee on Sleep Disorders outlined an urgent need for help for people with sleep problems in this country. Sleep disorders are connected with drug resistant hypertension, stroke, GERD, congestive heart failure and obesity along with others.
Good restorative sleep is important to many functions of the body including growth, integrating learning, cardiovascular health, and generally keeping the body on an even keel.
There are a number of sleep disorders ranging from “ snoring to circadian rhythm disorder to sleep movement disorders to the potentially dangerous sleep apnea which affects 20 million people in this country” according to Dr. Michael Simmons who teaches at UCLA School of Dentistry. .
Again, according to a recent lecture by Dr. Simmons, 60 % of men over 60 years of age snore and 40% of those men have some obstructive sleep apnea. Even 25% of children experience some type of breathing obstruction.
Next time, more on sleeping disorders and treatments.