If you haven't had a good night's sleep, you may pay a high price. Reduced energy, greater difficulty concentrating, diminished mood, and a greater risk for accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, are all directly related to sleep problems. Sleep deprivation has measurable negative effects on performance and physical and mental health. Lack of sleep can lead to increased risk of heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, stroke and death.
Studies show that lack of sleep leads to problems completing a task, concentrating, making decisions and unsafe actions. According to a 1997 National Sleep Foundation poll, "Sleeplessness, Pain and the Workplace," sleep loss costs U.S. employers an estimated $18 billion in lost productivity.
It doesn't just affect you. Your spouse's physical and mental health can be effected if you have sleep apnea, sleep walking or REM sleep disorders.
Do you think your sleep should be evaluated? If you aren't sure, ask yourself these questions:
If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, then a complete sleep evaluation should be considered and discussed with your physician. If you suspect you have a sleeping disorder, or would like more information please call to the Sleep Disorders Clinic at 713-441-3961.