If I Can't Sleep, I Can't Work. What Should I Do?

Suffering from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, cataplexy and narcolepsy can seriously disrupt your life. Without enough sleep, your motor skills, cognitive abilities and mood may be severely impaired. If you are unable to work because of a sleep disorder, you may be able to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance/Supplemental Security Income (SSDI/SSI) benefits.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to prove the severity of sleep disorders to the Social Security Administration (SSA). As such, many find it beneficial to work with a lawyer as they prepare their claims and appeals.

At Cutter Hall Karlock, L.L.C., we have the experience to handle complex cases like these. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience helping individuals in Columbus and throughout central and southern Ohio with their SSDI/SSI claims. You can rely on our knowledge and dedication to your case as we work to obtain benefits.

Obtaining Benefits For Individuals With Sleep Disorders

One reason the SSA treats sleep disorders with skepticism is their somewhat mysterious nature. While some stem from respiratory problems or cardiovascular conditions, others result from complex psychological conditions — which are notoriously difficult to establish as benefits-eligible.

Nevertheless, sleep disorders have a profoundly adverse effect on their victims, commonly causing a range of symptoms including:

  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Mood disorders
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Difficulty with social interactions
  • Fatigue

These types of symptoms can make it impossible to work in a substantial gainful activity.

Particularly in narcolepsy cases, people who do not respond to medications and other treatment may be unfit to work — and in need of Social Security support. The danger of falling asleep while driving or at one's job is a threat to one's safety.

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