Sleep Disorders

What are sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders involve any difficulties related to sleeping, including difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep.

Common disorders include:

Sleep apnea is a condition in which the patient suffers from episodes of upper airway obstructions that occur during sleep.

The most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Lack of energy
  • Loud snoring
  • Snorting or choking sounds
  • Frequent body movements during sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Irritability
  • High blood pressure

Periodic limb movement disorder is a condition noted by jerking or kicking of the legs or arms that occur at regular intervals during sleep.

The most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Restless legs while awake

Restless leg syndrome is characterized by an uncomfortable feeling mostly in the legs, but sometimes in the arms. These feelings are described as: aching, creeping, crawling, pulling, prickling, tingling, itchy feeling when sitting or laying still. These systems are more pronounced at bedtime.

These symptoms may be painful enough to stop the patient from falling asleep, going long distances when traveling, or keep you from sitting for long periods of time.

Narcolepsy is excessive sleepiness during the day with a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times.

The most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Excessively sleepy during the day
  • Cataplexy or sudden loss of strength in muscles
  • Sleep paralysis or brief loss of muscle control when falling asleep or waking up
  • Hallucinations or vivid dreams when you are drowsy
  • Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory loss

Parasomnias means a person is awake enough to act out behaviors but still asleep and does not remember them.

The most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Confusion when waking
  • Sleepwalking
  • Sleep talking
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleep related eating
  • Head banging or rolling
  • Body rocking
  • Bruxism or grinding of teeth
  • REM Behavior Disorder or acting out dreams
  • Nighttime seizures
  • Hypnagogic hallucinations or dreaming while awake just before falling asleep

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.

The most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Excessively sleepy during the day
  • Lack of energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling restless
  • Feeling irritable

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