Sleep Disorders and Diagnostics

Sleep Disorders and Sleep Diagnostics

A sleep disorder is any disorder that affects or disrupts the quantity and quality of sleep that a person receives. Sleep disorders affect over 40 million Americans a year. Sleep deprivation, as well as, disorders are estimated to cost over $100 billion annually in lost productivity, medical expenses, sick leave and even property or environmental damage.

There are many types of sleep disorders and most are easily treated but many often go undiagnosed.  Sleep disorders can drastically impact your overall health if left untreated. Some common symptoms of sleep disorders include:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Snoring, gasping or difficulty breathing (interrupted breathing) during sleep
  • Difficulty falling asleep During normal sleeping hours or prolonged insomnia
  • Difficulty staying awake when watching television, reading, driving, or other activities where you sit still
  • Irritability and emotional outbursts
  • Leg cramps or tingling during sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering things
  • Need caffeine to stay awake
  • Are often told that you look tired

Common Sleep Disorders:

Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Sleep Apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted by sleep. Snoring is the harsh sound when your breathing is obstructed. Sleep Apnea and Snoring can contribute to high-risk health problems.

Narcolepsy causes excessive sleepiness and frequent, uncontrollable daytime sleep attacks.

Sleepwalking can occur at any age and may involve unusual, even dangerous behaviors and is more common than most realize. 

Bruxism, characterized by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw, is habit during sleep most are unaware of and can cause serious damage to your mouth, teeth or jaw.

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Restless Legs Syndrome is a condition where one feels an urge to move their legs to stop an unpleasant sensation such as pain, aching, itching or tickling in the muscles while lying down or trying to sleep.

Sleep Paralysis
Sleep Paralysis is a medical condition that is the inability to move temporarily when awakening from sleep and is often a horrifying experience and can often be accompanied by hallucinations.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which those affected have trouble falling aseep or staying asleep. Insomnia is, oftentimes, the cause of poor sleep. 

Night Terrors
Night terrors are characterized by intense cry and fear during sleep.