Health Watch — Sleep Disorders

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Up to 70 million people have sleep problems, and as many as 40 million of them have chronic sleep disorders. Many of these people may not even realize they have a problem, so the disorder may go undiagnosed and untreated.

Dr. Nilesh Davé, medical director of the new Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says undiagnosed sleep disorders can have a big impact on people’s lives. Poor sleep not only affects behavior and performance at work, school and home, but sleep problems also have been tied to health issues, such as obesity and high blood pressure. Sleep disorders can include sleep apnea, insomnia and seasonal affective disorder. Chronic breathing problems from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome and muscular dystrophy also affect sleep.

This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some sleep issues and how doctors are treating them.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in sleep and breathing disorders.


January 2008

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