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Disruptions in the regular sleep cycle are common and often the result of many different factors, including stress or diet. When they raise to the level that they routinely disrupt your waking life, however, they may – with proper documentation – rise to the level of a disability that can keep you out of work and qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

These claims, though recognized by the Social Security Administration, are very difficult to prove and win acceptance for. Sleep disabilities are very real disabilities, and the individuals who suffer from them would return to work if given the option, but often are physically unable to. There are many sleep issues that fall under this category. Some of these disabilities include:

  • insomniaInsomnia: The symptoms of insomnia are generally difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up in the middle of the night, daytime tiredness, anger, irritability, headaches or anxiety. Insomnia makes it very difficult for the person suffering from the disorder to fall asleep, and even when they do fall asleep they wake up still tired. It can affect your energy level, moods, health, work performance and overall quality of life.
  • Daytime Somnolence: This is a disorder that makes people feel as though they need to take multiple naps during the day at inappropriate times. These inappropriate times may be while the person is at work, eating dinner, mid-conversation or while driving. The naps do not make the person feel better and, later in the day, they will likely nap again.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This disease is one where when the person is asleep, they stop breathing because of a narrowed airway. This problem is one that creates serious complications for the person suffering from it. People who suffer from this disease often feel sleepy or drowsy throughout the entire day while suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Narcolepsy: This is a disorder that affects the nervous system and the cause is unknown. Generally with narcolepsy, the person experiences extreme periods of drowsiness during the day in which they feel a strong urge to sleep which is followed by a short nap. When the person wakes up after the short nap (generally 15 minutes or so) they wake up feeling completely refreshed. They can have hallucinations where they either see or hear things that are not present. This disease is very difficult for the person and can result in an inability to hold down a job.

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Daytime somnolence syndrome, and all of these work-affecting sleep disorders, can be debilitating and can keep you out of work for long periods of time. If you or a loved one has this issue and it is affecting your life so severely that your doctor tells you that you should not return to work, contact an experienced RI Social Security Disability attorney right away. An experienced Social Security attorney in Rhode Island can help you to make important life decisions and can ease the stress of the application process to the Social Security Administration.

Nearly 75 percent of all first time applicants for Social Security Disability are denied benefits. This denial is generally not because the disability is not worthy of benefits, but rather because the paperwork was not what the Social Security Administration was looking for. Administration is aware of the extent of your disability and your inability to work.

Contact the Social Security Disability attorneys of d’Oliveira & Associates

Social Security Disability lawyer meeting client that has Sleep DisordersIf you have a lawyer prior to filing a claim with the Social Security Administration, your chances of succeeding are nearly doubled. Not only are your chances of success greater, but also you will begin receiving your benefits more quickly. If you plan on, or are currently doing business with the Social Security Administration, call The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates now. We can help to ensure that your claim is processed quickly, efficiently, and successfully.

We at d’Oliveira & Associates are highly skilled in the area of Social Security Disability law and have helped many clients successfully. Please contact The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.

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