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Sleep and Your Patients

It’s essential that your patients get 7-9 hours of quality sleep nightly for their physical and emotional well-being.

 

At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders and another 20 million have occasional problems sleeping, according to the National Institutes of Health. Among the most significant sleeping disorders are: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Restless Legs Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder and Shift Worker Disorder.

Chronic sleep deprivation impairs cognitive function, memory, productivity and the immune system. Sleeplessness changes the body’s metabolism, making us eat more, and sleepiness causes more than 100,000 motor vehicle accidents annually.

Moreover, we need the restorative phases of sleep for learning, creativity, problem solving, emotional balance and physical development and repair. The long-term effects of some sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of harmful health consequences, including:

Hypertension  Stroke
Cardio Vascular Disease Obesity
Type II Diabetes Depression

The good news is that many sleep disorders can be managed effectively once they are diagnosed and, by doing so, your patient may be able to quickly improve their health and happiness. To refer a patient or to arrange a consultation or sleep study at one of our sleep disorder centers in Denver or Longmont, Colorado call: 720-684-6167 or fax our icon Sleep Care Referral Form to 720-206-0818.