According to a new discovery by researchers at the University of Copenhagen along with the Danish institute for Health Services Research, it is examined that the socio economic costs of ‘hypersomnia’, a sleep disorder, has extreme individual and societal consequences on the whole.
The typical symptoms of Hypersomnia are excessive fatigue and tiredness during day time. Individuals with this condition feel extremely sleepy and want to nap a number of times during the day. This can happen any time whether one is eating, working, is driving or even when one is in the middle of a conversation.
According to previous studies, it has been indicated that people’s quality of living is extremely affected by these sleep problems, both socially as well as economically.
The studies also show that people snoring violently, or having sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, obesity connected difficulty in breathing and sleep apnea, etc. tend to use health services in increased frequencies, consume more medicine, availed state benefits like subsidized medicines and are frequently unemployed.
Socio-economic costs affecting these individuals are in direct proportion to the seriousness of their sleep disorder.
It is however clear to the researchers that people who have hypersomnia are often more ill than people having any other sleep disorder. And with chronic hypersomnia, the socio economic costs are pretty considerable.
It is thus very important that individuals with the disorder have complete access to a proper treatment system, failing which there is significant impact on their education, their ability to work and hence their economic conditions and health.