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Misdiagnosis of Hidden Causes of Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders as a complication:

Other conditions that might have Sleep disorders as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Sleep disorders as a complication includes:

Sleep disorders as a symptom:

Conditions listing Sleep disorders as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions.

For a more detailed analysis of Sleep disorders as a symptom, including causes, drug side effect causes, and drug interaction causes, please see our Symptom Center information for Sleep disorders.

Discussion of underlying conditions of Sleep disorders:

There are two kinds of sleep in a normal sleep cycle - rapid eye movement or dreaming sleep (REM) and quiet sleep (non-REM). Everyone has about four or five cycles of REM and non-REM sleep a night. For older people, the amount of time spent in the deepest stages of non-REM sleep decreases. This may explain why older people are thought of as light sleepers. Although the amount of sleep each person needs varies widely, the average range is between 7 and 8 hours a night. As we age, the amount of sleep we can expect to get at any one time drops off. By age 75, for many reasons, some people may find they are waking up several times each night. But, no matter what your age, talk to a doctor if your sleep patterns change. (Source: excerpt from A Good Night's Sleep -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

About underlying conditions:

With a diagnosis of Sleep disorders, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Sleep disorders. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Sleep disorders. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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