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How can sleep problems indicate other health issues?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Because bad sleep patterns are so disruptive to daily life and a general feeling of well-being, you probably already know if you have sleep problems. Often, sleeping too little or too much is an indicator of an underlying problem, such as illness or stress. For example, two common signs of clinical depression are waking up too early in the morning and sleeping an endless numbers of hours. Other diseases can disturb your sleep cycle, causing chronic sleepiness or fatigue. If you notice changes in your sleep cycle, talk to your doctor about possible causes.

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