Sleep is an essential component of good health. However, many people have difficulty falling asleep or receiving a good nights rest because they awaken throughout the night. Many individuals suffer pains, spasms, obstructions and distractions inside and outside the body that can stand in the way of getting a good night sleep. If left untreated, such conditions may lead to serious sleep disorders, ultimately affecting every aspect of your health.
Many studies concerning sleep and the affects of sleep have been reported throughout the years. In 2006 the Institute of Medicine released a landmark 461-page report that identified sleep disorders and sleep deprivation was an "unmet public health problem" of major proportions. The report identified that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic disorders of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health. It is believed that of the Americans who suffer from sleep disorders, as much as 60% have never been asked by a physician about their quality of sleep, and as much as 40% of these individuals remain undiagnosed and untreated for their condition.
Sleep Related-Breathing Disorder, SRBD, is defined as any condition (syndrome) where the frequency of breathing is interrupted and is pathophysiologically linked to symptoms or adverse health outcomes. These conditions include snoring, apneas (stop breathing), hypopneas (shallow breathing), and respiratory effort related arousals (RERAs). Understanding the signs and symptoms of this condition is essential when discussing your symptoms with a physician to verify if you suffer from a SRBD.