Sleep Disorders and Disability

Sleep disorders are breathing disorders related to the Respiratory System.

Sleep-related breathing disorders, also known as sleep apneas, are caused when an individual occasionally stops breathing due to hypoxemia and frequent arousals from sleep.

Depending on the severity of the condition, the disturbed sleep pattern and associated chronic nocturnal (nighttime) hypoxemia causes daytime somnolence (sleepiness) with chronic pulmonary hypertension and/or disturbances in cognitive function.  Because daytime sleepiness can affect thinking, memory, orientation and personality, a review of medical records over a long period of time may be required to evaluate mental functioning.

Daytime sleepiness may be associated with a disturbance in cognitive function (thinking), and may evaluated under the criteria established for organic mental disorders.

There also may be a physiologic cause for the sleep-related breathing impairment that can be traced to chronic cor pulmonale secondary to chronic pulmonary hypertension.  This would requires documentation by signs and laboratory findings of right ventricular overload or failure. To prove a claim for disability, the medical evidence should establish that cor pulmonale is chronic and irreversible.

Other Sleep Disorders include narcolepsy and insomnia.

If you have a sleep disorder that so impairs you that you are unable to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits.  Call Mr. Ortiz today at 850-308-7833 for a free case evaluation.