Almost half of adult Americans and 20% to 30% of children cannot sleep. This occurs not because they do not want to sleep but because they cannot sleep due to various sleep-related disorders. Physicians often fail to recognize how frequently sleepy patients appear in their office or ignore patient's complaints about sleep and fatigue. There are multiple reasons for this practice. Physicians' training forces them to work long hours, often late into the night causing them to ignore their own sleep needs, so they continue to be sleep deprived like most of society. In addition, most have had no formal sleep medicine training, a specialty that is still establishing itself due to skepticism from both established fields of medicine and health care administrators.
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