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Sleep Disorders

Restless Legs Syndrome

RLS is a condition where a persons legs feel extremely uncomfortable while in a passive state like sitting, laying down, or sleeping. This can make falling asleep very difficult.

Insomnias

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up very early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects your control over sleeping and being awake. A person suffering from narcolepsy will experience excessive daytime drowsiness and random bouts of falling asleep throughout the daytime that can occur at any time. A normal sleep cycle moves from lighter stages of sleep into deeper and deeper stages until reaching REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. With narcolepsy, you immediately fall into the REM cycle while sleeping and during the daytime.

Central and Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. This means the brain and the rest of your body is not getting enough oxygen, and this can lead to serious damage. There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.