Published: 11 November 2016
Author(s): Sergio Garbarino, Walter G. Sannita
Section: Letter to the Editor

Endemic in Western societies (~18–23%), sleep disorders are often co-morbid and rank as a major risk factor for psychiatric, cerebro-cardiovascular, metabolic or hormonal diseases [1]. They also aggravate everyday's life, often to a relevant extent. Subjects with sleep disorders complain of excessive daytime drowsiness, impaired cognition, mood changes, anxiety, fatigue, or reduced tolerance to pain more often than good sleepers [2]. They seek medical assistance or anticipate retirement more frequently and use more prescribed medication according to surveys and population-based studies [3].

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