Sleep Medicine is a medical specialty or subspecialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disturbances and disorders. From the middle of the 20th century, research has provided increasing knowledge and answered many questions about sleep-wake functioning. The rapidly evolving field has become a recognized medical subspecialty.
SLEEP DISORDER AND SLEEP APNEA...The Silent Killers
affects over 5% of the population under the age of 60 and close to 25% of the population over the age of 60.
Sleep Apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing many times during sleep. Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea is potentially dangerous to your health.
Disorders and disturbances of sleep are widespread and can have significant consequences for affected individuals as well as economic and other consequences for society. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has discovered that the leading cause of fatal-to-the-driver heavy truck crashes is fatigue-related (fatigue 31%, alcohol and other drug use 29%), and sleep deprivation has been a significant factor in dramatic accidents, such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the nuclear incidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.