For many Americans, what gets in the way is insomnia, a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty in falling and/or staying asleep.
If you have insomnia, you may:
If you’re having problems sleeping, consult your doctor. A review of your clinical history and physical exam may be sufficient to make the diagnosis. Polysomnography -- an overnight sleep study -- can be helpful to rule out other types of sleep disorders (such as a breathing-related sleeping disorder).
“In recent years, we have come to a better understanding of how the brain regulates sleep, and importantly, also the ways in which sleep can be disturbed,” said Darryle Schoepp, Ph.D., vice president and therapeutic area head, Neurosciences, Merck. “The science of sleep is fascinating, but what makes it meaningful is the hope that it will lead to solutions that result in better sleep."
The amount of sleep needed to maintain good health varies from person to person and changes throughout one's life. Roll over the boxes below to find out how much sleep the National Sleep Foundation recommends.
What causes insomnia, and what are its consequences? Merck and the National Sleep Foundation have collaborated to create an interactive educational website to answer these questions. It offers advice from sleep experts and information on insomnia symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Learn more at http://sleepfoundation.org/insomnia/home.