Sleep-related disorders in India: an emerging issue affecting one-fifth of the population

Sleep-related disorders (SRDs) are widely prevalent in India and an emerging health issue. They not only affect quality of life, but also cause or contribute to health problems—cardiovascular diseases, psychological disturbances, accidents, and decreased individual performance. A recent study sought to estimate the prevalence of SRDs in Southern India and to establish normative national data.

Sleep medicine is an established discipline in developed countries; however, sleep medicine is a relatively new discipline in India, and is currently only practiced in urban areas. Research about sleep disorders in India has been limited limited, so the extent of the burden has been unknown.

Over a 1-year period, researchers conducted a prospective cross-sectional study of healthy patients at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India. Study participants were...

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