Could you be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from sleep deprivation?

Read Carefully! This maybe you…

Jack leads a pretty fast paced life. From 5am to 10pm he’s working at the office, caring for his family at home, walking the dogs, bathing the kids, trying to exercise, et cetera, et cetera… By the time Jack turns in for the night, he’s exhausted and ready for a good night’s sleep. Problem is, he awakens several times a night. By morning, never feels well rested, sometimes wakes with a headache and hears from his wife that his snoring is getting worse.

Monday, while driving to work, Jack’s at a stop light and feels himself slowly dosing off. Ah…Sleep. No! The sounds of the car horns behind promptly gets his attention to WAKE UP! Quickly he reapplies the brakes before drifting into the intersection.. Jack doesn’t think much of this little cat nap and continues with his day.

Wednesday, during an afternoon meeting at work, Jack is unable to remember key points or fully concentrate on the discussion. But again, he dismissed this as a simple need for caffeine.

Friday, Jack takes the family to the movies, but falls asleep once the lights go out. He’s snoring so loudly, his son had to nudge him to attention. So embarrassed, Jack begins the think… there may be a problem.

Daytime sleepiness is a hallmark of poor quality sleep and/or sleep deprivation. Far and away, the most common causes of this are obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. Both require an evaluation by a physician trained in sleep medicine and possibly an overnight sleep study.

Studies have shown that 20% of all car accidents involving injury or death are related to drowsy driving. Disrupted sleep leads to cognitive impairment, poor concentration, personality changes, high blood pressure and over time increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you and Jack have something in common, please call your doctor and get tested.