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Common Sleep Disorders

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Sleep disorders are associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health. Below are the different types of sleep disorders that you or your loved ones may be experiencing.

Insomnia
Insomnia is an inability to initiate or maintain sleep. You may encounter early morning awakening in which the individual awakens several hours early and is unable to resume sleeping. Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep may often encounter which can lead to impairment throughout the day. Your doctor can treat chronic insomnia with a combination of medications, along with behavioral techniques to promote regular sleep.

Narcolepsy
Excessive daytime sleepiness (including episodes of irresistible sleepiness) combined with sudden muscle weakness are all signs of narcolepsy. The sudden muscle weakness seen in narcolepsy may be elicited by strong emotion or surprise. Narcoleptic episodes have been described as “sleep attacks” and may occur in unusual circumstances, such as walking and other forms of physical activity. Your doctor may treat narcolepsy with stimulant medications combined with behavioral interventions, such as regularly scheduled naps, to minimize the potential disruptiveness of narcolepsy on the individual’s life.

Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is characterized by an unpleasant “creeping” sensation, often feeling like it is tingling in the lower legs, but often associated with aches and pains throughout the legs. This often causes difficulty initiating sleep and is relieved by movement of the leg, such as walking or kicking. Your doctor will often solutions or medication to promote sleep continuity in the treatment of RLS.

Sleep Apnea
Excessive snoring, or sleep apnea,  may be more than just an annoying habit. Those with sleep apnea characteristically make gasping or “snorting” noises, during which their sleep is momentarily interrupted. Those with sleep apnea may also experience excessive daytime sleepiness, as their sleep is commonly interrupted and may not feel restorative. Talk to your doctor about what you can do if you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea.

Not getting enough sleep? Consult with your physician. Whether it’s stress related or a sleep disorder, we can help you get on a path to a better night’s sleep.

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