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Common Sleep Disorders

Below you will find a brief description of the most common sleep disorders.  We have provided an educational summary of Sleep Apnea written in simple language for those without medical background.  We hope these resources are helpful. As always, call us with any questions you may have.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious consequences, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. This may also lead to depression, irritability, poor work performance, and drowsy driving. This sleep disorder can be life-threatening and you should consult your doctor immediately if you feel you may suffer from it.

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Despite the perception that people with narcolepsy are perpetually sleepy, they do not typically sleep more than the average person. This disease affects both sexes equally.  Symptoms usually first appear in adolescence or young adulthood and may remain unrecognized as they develop gradually.

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Insomnia is a common condition in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep. This condition can range from mild to severe, depending on how often it occurs and for how long.

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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensory disorder causing an uncomfortable and almost irresistible urge to move the legs. People with RLS use words such as creeping, crawling, tingling, or burning to describe these uncomfortable feelings. Moving the legs eases the feelings, but only very briefly.  The symptoms occur in the evening hours as bedtime approaches.

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Special Sleep Issues

Certain unique sleep issues are related to shiftworkers, women or teenagers. To read more about Shift Work Disorder, Women’s Sleep Issues and Teenager’s Sleep Issues.

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Other Sleep Disorders

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has identified over 80 sleep disorders. To view the comprehensive list of sleep disorders you can visit the American Academy of Sleep Disorders Education website by clicking here.

The National Sleep Foundation is an additional source of education regarding sleep disorders.  You may visit their website by clicking here.