The field of sleep medicine offers several interesting and exciting career options. Each of these jobs requires different skills, education and training. But they all allow you to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of others. Sleep is a growing field with more jobs available each year.
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Sleep & sleep disorders
Sleep has an impact on every aspect of daily life. It affects your alertness, performance, physical health and mental wellness. Recent studies have linked sleep loss and sleep disorders to a variety of health problems. These include depression, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke.
There are about 80 identified sleep disorders. These problems can disrupt your sleep and impair your daytime functioning. Common sleep disorders include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
Sleep medicine professionals provide vital medical care and promote healthy sleep habits. They also conduct research to improve the quality of sleep health care. Their efforts benefit the estimated 50 to 70 million people in the U.S. who suffer from a chronic sleep disorder.