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Sleep disorders: Introduction

Lack of sleep or disruption of sleep has many medical, therapeutic and safety ramifications that are relevant to primary care. These issues include:

  • high rates of fatigue (a more common presenting symptom of sleep disorder than sleepiness per se)
  • cardiac and vascular complications
  • higher risk of driving accidents
  • compromised immune function
  • more rapid deterioration in many medical conditions due to disrupted sleep
  • prevention of the full action of medical treatments for hypertension, cardiac failure, mood disorders and epilepsy
  • in children, an erroneous diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which can hinder recovery and affect academic performance, socialization and long-term function

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