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A Look at Common Sleep Disorders

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Sleep disorders are conditions that affect your ability to get healthy, restful sleep. Lack of sleep leaves you feeling tired, distracted, and even depressed during the day. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping or experiencing excessive sleepiness all day long, you could be suffering from a disorder that affects your sleep.

Insomnia is the most commonly-occurring sleep disorder. It is characterized by the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep during the night. Those with insomnia experience light, fragmented sleep that affects energy levels during the day. Developing healthy sleep habits, dealing with stress, and in some cases medication can ease insomnia and its symptoms.

Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing during sleep. The brain then wakes the body to restore normal breathing. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may wake hundreds of times each night without recollection. Sleep apnea may also cause loud or disruptive snoring. Oral appliances or the use of a Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure machine can maintain an open airway for healthier sleep.

Restless Legs Syndrome
Those with restless legs syndrome feel burning, creeping, or crawling sensations in the legs when at rest. These sensations disappear with movement, making it difficult to remain stationary and fall or stay asleep. Medications are often effective in lessening these sensations, allowing you to sleep.

Narcolepsy is an often-misunderstood sleep disorder that affects your body’s ability to regulate waking and sleeping. This condition can develop during the teenage years or even in early adulthood, causing “sleep attacks” or episodes of severe drowsiness. These attacks can be dangerous if they occur while walking, driving, or performing other intensive tasks. The use of medication and napping strategies can help those with narcolepsy maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Sleep Services of Maryland provides diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of sleep disorders to help you reduce daytime sleepiness and improve your health. Call us today at (240) 912-4683 to schedule an appointment with a sleep specialist. Visit us on the web for more important information about sleep and sleep disorders.


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