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Common Sleep Disorders

Do you think you, or someone you know may be suffering from a sleep disorder?  Approximately 70 million people in the United States suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders are conditions that prevent a person from getting restful sleep and, as a result, can cause daytime sleepiness and dysfunction. There are approximately eighty different types of sleep disorders.

Common signs of a sleep disorder many include some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Waking up tired after sleeping all night
  • Awaking with a headache
  • Frequent urination
  • Problems with sexual ability and desire
  • Heavy snoring
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Overweight or the inability to lose weight

Consequence of an untreated sleep disorder can include: heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes and weight gain. Talk to your doctor about your Sleep habits and ask for a sleep study. Our medical director and staff are specialty trained to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

Common Sleep Disorders Include the following:

  • Sleep Apnea (usually accompanied by loud snoring and consists of brief periods throughout the night in which breathing stops)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Periodic limb movement
  • Parasomnia (sleep terrors)
  • Hypersomnia (persistent sleepiness despite having accurate rest)
  • Sleep walking
  • Bruxism (grinding or clenching of the teeth)

Sleep Apnea
A disorder of breathing during sleep that typically is accompanied by loud snoring and consists of brief periods throughout the night in which breathing stops. There are two major types: Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common, it is due to an obstruction in the throat during sleep. Central Apnea is caused by a delay in the signal from the brain to breathe. Learn More...

Insomnia
Characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep or awakening too early. Insomnia can be transient, short-term, or chronic in nature. Learn More...

Narcolepsy
A chronic disorder affecting the brain where regulation of sleep and wakefulness take place. Learn More...

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
A discomfort in the legs that is commonly referred to as a crawling, tingling/prickling sensations. Learn More...

Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS)
A variation of RLS and is characterized by leg movements or jerks which typically occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. Learn More...

Parasomnia (Sleep Terrors)
Characterized by a sudden arousal from slow wave sleep with a piercing scream or cry accompanied by autonomic and behavioral manifestations of intense fear. Learn More...

Hypersomnia 
A persistent sleepiness despite having adequate sleep periods.

Somnambulism (Sleepwalking) 
A series of complex behaviors that are initiated during slow wave sleep and result in walking during sleep. Learn More...

Bruxism
is a stereotyped movement disorder characterized by grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep. Learn More...