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What's the difference between primary and secondary sleep disorders?

All sleep disorders can be either primary or secondary. If it's the result of another underlying physical or mental condition, it's considered a secondary sleep disorder. For example, a person may suffer from insomnia when dealing with depression. On the other hand, primary sleep disorders don't stem from other conditions but can often lead to secondary ones. For example, someone who has restless legs syndrome (RLS) may also develop insomnia because of an inability to sleep soundly. Fortunately, treating the symptoms of the primary sleep disorder will often improve symptoms of other disorders that may be present.

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