According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million Americans currently suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can vary greatly in terms of symptoms; everything from excess sleeping to sleeping too little or at the wrong time can occur. These disorders fall into several categories:
Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Awake Disorders
With this type of sleep disorder, patients have sleep patterns that are out of alignment with the way humans usually sleep at night. These can vary from delaying sleep a couple of hours at night/waking late in the morning (delayed sleep-awake phase) to having no rhythm whatsoever (irregular sleep-awake rhythm). Jet lag—having difficulty sleeping after crossing multiple time zones—also falls into this category.
Hypersomnias cause patients to be excessively sleepy, even at the most inopportune times (e.g., while working or driving). These include narcolepsy, where patients suffer from uncontrollable sleep attacks.
Patients living with a type of insomnia are unable to fall asleep or stay asleep or don’t feel well rested when they wake up. Even children can have an insomnia disorder.
Parasomnias refer to a group of disorders in which unwanted experiences occur while falling asleep, sleeping or waking up. These can include abnormal dreams, perceptions, movements or behaviors such as sleepwalking and night terrors.
Sleep Movement Disorders
Sleep movement disorders make it challenging for patients to fall asleep or stay asleep due to unwanted movements. These include restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movements and bruxism (grinding or clenching teeth while sleeping).
Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
These patients have difficulty breathing while they sleep. This category includes conditions as common as snoring to more serious problems such as central sleep apnea, where the brain doesn’t send the correct signals to the muscles that control breathing.
How do we manage sleep disorders?
We proudly offer sleep-assistive services at our comprehensive Center for Sleep Medicine. At the Center, our specialists are highly trained in diagnosing sleep disorders and helping patients manage their condition(s). This includes:
- Dispensing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines and all necessary supplies directly from our office for patient convenience
- Providing home- and lab-based sleep studies to evaluate patients and properly diagnose the appropriate sleep disorder(s)
- Working with most insurance companies to provide exceptional care for these conditions
Contact us today for more information about the Center for Sleep Medicine and get started on the road to a better night’s sleep.