A Socioeconomic Perspective of Sleep Disorders (Insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

Damien Leger

in The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376203
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 A Socioeconomic Perspective of Sleep Disorders (Insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

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Sleep disorders are now better recognized as a major public health issue, associated with numerous societal consequences: accidents, lost lives, lost income, disability, and loss of educational opportunities. The effects of sleep disorders on the quality of life of millions of people around the world are also better understood and reported by the media and by public health authorities. The aim of this chapter is to understand better how the epidemiological factors of sleep disorders may influence their economical consequences and how patients are seeking help to cope with their sleep disorders. This chapter also aims to carefully describe the possible links between sleep disorders and public health concerns and to point out the certitudes and the missing data on the consequences of insomnia and sleep apnea on work, economics, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL).

Keywords: insomnia; obstructive sleep apnea; costs; work; absenteeism; work limitation; quality of life; economics

Article.  19412 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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