Sleeping disorder is a general name referring to many conditions that interfere with your ability to sleep. The four most common sleeping disorders are insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and restless legs syndrome.
When you have insomnia, you may:
Insomnia may last a few weeks and go away, or it can turn into a chronic problem.
When you have OSA, you briefly stop breathing throughout the night. Depending on the severity of your condition, your breathing stops 5-30 times or more every hour.
Narcolepsy makes you suddenly fall asleep throughout the day. Some patients experience hallucinations, temporary muscle weakness, or paralysis while they fall asleep.
RLS causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs when you lie down to rest or sit for a long time. People with RLS feel sensations in their legs that disappear when they walk around.
In some cases, your provider at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness can diagnose your sleep disorder based on your symptoms. But many patients need a sleep study to determine what happens while they sleep.
You may need an overnight sleep study conducted in a clinic or hospital sleep lab. In most cases, however, you can do your sleep study at home by wearing a few monitors that record your breathing and oxygen levels.
The one symptom caused by all sleep disorders is excessive tiredness the next day. Loud snoring is the top symptom of OSA. The key symptom of RLS is the need to move your legs due to sensations described as crawling, pulling, and itching.
No matter what type of sleep disorder you have, the lack of sleep often leads to additional health problems such as depression, anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and memory loss. You also have a high risk of being in a car accident or causing errors on the job.
Each type of sleep disorder has its own treatment. These are a few examples:
Don’t keep dragging yourself through the day feeling tired and run down. Call DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness or book an appointment online today.