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What are the most serious sleep disorders?

Posted Sep 12 2008 1:10pm

My list includes obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, chronic insomnia, and the violent parasomnias. Though less common, I also include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), narcolepsy, and Fatal Familial Insomnia. SIDS manifests as a single catastrophic event and narcolepsy often reaches its full severity in a relatively short time. Fatal Familial insomnia, a genetically transmitted disease, inevitable causes death about one year after its onset, but is extremely rare.

- William C. Dement, M.D., Ph.D

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