Despite posing a significant public health threat, sleep disorders remain poorly understood and often underdiagnosed and mismanaged. Although sleep disorders are seemingly unrelated, hand surgeons should be mindful of these because numerous conditions of the upper extremity have known associations with sleep disturbances that can adversely affect patient function and satisfaction. In addition, patients with sleep disorders are at significantly higher risk for severe, even life-threatening medical comorbidities, further amplifying the role of hand surgeons in the recognition of this condition.
Gaspar, Michael P.; Kane, Patrick M.; Jacoby, Sidney M.; Gaspar, Patrick S.; and Osterman, A. Lee, "Evaluation and Management of Sleep Disorders in the Hand Surgery Patient." (2016). Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty Papers. Paper 93.