Sleep is essential for a person's health and well-being. Yet, millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from a chronic lack of sleep.
Most individuals with sleep disorders go undiagnosed and untreated, leading to abnormal functioning in all of the systems of the body.
The sleep medicine specialty evaluates conditions characterized by disturbances of usual sleep patterns and disease states that cause sleep abnormalities. Examples include: excessive sleepiness, snoring, obstructive/central sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, and narcolepsy.