Other Sleep Disorders & Their Symptoms

There are numerous sleep disorders from which people suffer.

Some symptoms of a sleep disorder can include:

  • Insomnia
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Constant leg movement
  • Gasping episodes at night
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Loud snoring
  • Dry mouth, sore throat
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of energy

Obstructive sleep apnea

During sleep, air cannot flow into your lungs through your mouth and nose which often times causes oxygen in your blood to drop.  People with sleep apnea often have loud snoring, choking or gasping during sleep, and fight sleepiness during the day.  Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of having high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke.

Narcolepsy

A chronic disorder in which a person (even with an adequate nights rest) experiences excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness.  Daytime sleep attacks occur repeatedly with or without warning.  Drowsiness may persist for prolonged periods of time and nighttime sleep is usually fragmented with frequent awakenings.  Left untreated, narcolepsy can cause serious disruptions in a person’s social, personal and professional lives.

Insomnia

A disorder in which a person cannot get adequate or quality sleep.  Persons suffering with insomnia may experience difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during sleep, difficulty returning to sleep and un-refreshed sleep.  Common causes of insomnia may include stress, depression, side effects from medications and environmental noise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Behavior Disorder

Patients with rapid eye movement behavior disorder (RBD) act out dramatic and/or violent dreams during rapid eye movement (dream) stage sleep. Features include grunting, yelling, or flailing of arms or legs.  This condition is similar to sleepwalking and sleep-talking, but occurs in a different stage of sleep

Problem Sleepiness

This disorder interferes with ones ability to function properly in their daily routine.  This is due to the body’s natural daily sleep/wake cycles, inadequate sleep, medications and other sleep disorders.  Many factors contribute to problem sleepiness but the main cause is not getting enough sleep and irregular sleep schedules.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

A disorder in which a person experiences creeping, crawling, tingling pulling or painful sensations in the legs.  These sensations occur when a person lies down or sits for prolonged periods of time.  Usually, moving the legs can bring brief relief. 

Periodic Limb Movement in Sleep (PLMS)

PLMS typically occurs every 10 to 60 seconds and is characterized by involuntary jerking or bending leg movements during sleep.  People experiencing RLS or PLMS have troubling falling asleep and staying asleep.  They also experience extreme sleepiness during the day which may lead to difficulty leading a normal daily routine.