We all suffer bouts of insomnia. We all have worries on our mind that keep
us up at night. What happens, however, when these problems become chronic,
serious conditions that affect our ability to perform substantial gainful
activity? What happens when the V-8, Monster, or Red Bull does not work?
Does you serious sleep issues mean that you are
disabled? Can you get Social Security Disability Benefits because of your sleep
The SSA recognizes that a sleeping disorder is a very serious problem.
It states that sleep-related disorders that involve breathing, that is,
sleep apneas, occur when a there is a cessation of breathing from hypoxemia
and waking up from sleep. The SSA does appear to create a presumption
essentially that many people will respond to prescribed treatment.
Regardless, the SSA does recognize that a "disturbed sleep pattern"
causes daytime sleepiness with chronic pulmonary hypertension and/or disturbances
in cognitive function. As a result, the claimant can suffer from memory
issues, orientation, and personality. Still, the SSA requires, as always,
longitudinal treatment to evaluate effective functioning.