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Are sleep disorders serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some sleep disorders can have little impact on your life, while others can be quite serious. Much depends on your specific sleep disorder and its severity. For example, short-term insomnia may potentially just make you irritable for a day, while chronic insomnia may cause you to fall asleep at the wheel, leading to a traffic accident. Likewise, untreated sleep apnea has the potential to cause serious problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure.

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