What is a sleep disorder?

More than 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder,
such as snoring or insomnia. Problems with sleep can cause
devastating results.

Types of sleep problems include:

  • Snoring – Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A blockage in the back of the throat that results in snoring and pauses in breathing during sleep.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome – Characterized by uncomfortable sensations in the legs or feet before going to sleep. Once asleep, this causes brief leg movements.

Signs of a sleep disorder

  • Loud snoring
  • Witnessed cessation of breathing (apnea) while asleep
  • Gasping or snorting while asleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness, including falling asleep at inappropriate times (i.e., in meetings or while reading, watching television, talking to someone, or driving)
  • Non-restorative sleep upon awakening
  • Difficulties with concentration or memory
  • Personality changes or depression
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth and throat upon awakening
  • Lethargy
  • Restless sleep
  • Leg swelling
  • Hyperactive behavior in children

    Symptoms and dangers

  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Low energy levels
  • Waking up feeling tired
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Reflux (heartburn)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Chronic pain
  • Feeling the need to sleep more than 7-8 hours a day
  • Frequent accidents
  • Jittery legs
  • Mild to severe depression
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Nightmares
  • Sleepwalking
  • Bed wetting
  • Sleep-time anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Stroke

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