What health problems are associated with sleep disorders?

Sleep problems and sleep disorders -- from insomnia and sleep apnea to sleep deprivation and restless leg syndromes -- can all increase risks for other health problems, from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. They also can affect mental health. One thing all sleep problems seem to have in common is in bringing about a feeling of being overwhelmed, or of having difficulty coping well with the demands of daily life. Anyone who has ever run short on sleep, or weathered a string of sleepless nights, will know what I'm talking about. Irritability, emotional fatigue, distractedness, short-temperedness -- these feelings are common enough with disordered sleep as to be considered universal.

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