Common Sleep Disorders
Although approximately 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders, 95% of these are undiagnosed and untreated. If any of these descriptions of common sleep disorders below match your problem, give us a call today to consult with one of our physicians.
Sleep apnea occurs when a person is unable to breathe normally while asleep. Extended pauses between breaths and loud snoring are both warning signs of this disorder. This disorder should be treated right away as a person may be sleepy enough to fall asleep while driving or at work. Heart failure, high blood pressure, or a stroke can all be triggered by sleep apnea. Men and women of any age and occasionally children can be affected.
Signs of insomnia include trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It can be triggered by changing work schedule, stress, caffeine, or lack of activity. Sleep can also be interrupted by light, illness, and noise. Treatment of insomnia requires an informed doctor. While sleeping pills are not recommended as a long-term solution due to possible addiction, effective treatments are available.
Narcolepsy is defined as “undesirable sleepiness at inappropriate times.” The four most common symptoms of narcolepsy are fatigue, a brief loss of muscle control that occurs when a person is falling asleep or waking up (sleep paralysis), loss of muscle tone, and hallucinations that can occur at any point during the sleep cycle.
Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
Patients with Restless Leg Syndrome have an irresistible urge to move their legs which leads to difficulty falling asleep. The movement of the limbs involuntarily during sleep is known as Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. Both of these disorders make it hard for a person to sleep soundly and lead to less productivity during waking hours due to increased sleepiness.
Shift Worker’s Sleep Disorder
Shift workers often face problems with extreme sleepiness due to working hours overlapping with normal sleeping hours.
Other Sleep Disorders
There are more than 80 sleep disorders which can inhibit a person’s quality of sleep. If any irregular behavior during sleep affects a person’s safety or a good night’s rest, it’s recommended to speak with one of our sleep specialists.
Quick facts about sleep disorders
- Sleep apnea affects roughly 72% of type 2 Diabetes patients (1)
- Glucose intolerance and insulin resistance have been shown to be independently associated with sleep apnea
- The risk of cardiovascular complications during surgery is reduced by more than half if patients are screened and treated for obstructive sleep apnea beforehand (2)
- Some type of sleep-disordered breathing can be found in up to 75% of people with heart failure (3)
- Up to 3% of children are affected by sleep-disordered breathing (4)
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