Psychiatric Times | By Khurshid A. Khurshid, MD | Special Reports – Healthy sleep is required for restoring functioning and vitality, promoting memory consolidation, and maintaining immune function. However, many individuals are affected with sleep disorders. There are about 60 million Americans who have problems with sleep, with associated costs of about $16 billion each year in medical care. Insomnia affects about 10% to 15% of the population, sleep apnea affects about 10%, followed by other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and circadian rhythm disorders. Untreated sleep disorders can increase the risk of heart disease, motor vehicle accidents, memory problems, depression, and impaired functioning.1-3 – Download Full Article
Dr. Khurshid is Clinical Associate Professor and Chief of the Neuromodulation and Sleep Disorders Program in the department of psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville.