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A good night's sleep is fundamental to our health and well-being. For millions of Americans, though, sleep is regularly interrupted or insufficient. People who fail to get adequate sleep may feel tired during the day, and have difficulty concentrating, learning, and remembering. Over time, untreated sleep disorders may increase the risk of certain medical problems, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.

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Examples of sleep disorders include sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnias, and narcolepsy. Others include hypoventilation, Cheyne-Stokes respiration, circadian sleep problems, and periodic limb movements. Sleep disorders are particularly prominent in patients with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease), epilepsy, and stroke.

The sleep specialists at the Center for Sleep Medicine of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Sleep Disorders Center of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center provide comprehensive evaluation of sleep disorders and design treatment that is customized to each patient. Special centers are also available for children with sleep disorders.

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