Adult Sleep Disorders
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How are American adults sleeping? Meir Kryger, MD, co-chairman of the National Sleep Foundation's 2005 poll task force, joined us on March 31. 2005 to reveal and explain the results of the 2005 Sleep in America poll.
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It is very important that if you suspect your bed partner has this problem that they see a doctor, so that an accurate diagnosis can be made and the right treatment started. A very important caution is that if someone has sleep apnea, they should not take sleeping pills or use alcohol because both of these can make the problem much worse.
Now, to get back to your question about sleeping with a person with a sleep problem, we mentioned a minute or so ago that it interferes with your sleep . It turns out that such a bed partner of such a person loses almost an hour of sleep, actually 49 minutes, each night. That is about 300 hours per year. Many bed partners of patients have told me how much better they feel when their bed partner's sleep problem has been treated. So a sleep disorder can be contagious. If the person sleeping next to you has a sleep disorder and it is interfering with your sleep, the solution is not for you to take a sleeping pill, but to make sure that your bed partner receives the right medical care.
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