Wondering what’s keeping you from a good night’s sleep? One of these sleep disorders may be the cause.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
The most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) usually happens when excess tissue in the throat creates an obstruction of the airway. When this happens, your brain alerts you to continue breathing, which in turn disrupts your sleep cycle. Obstructive sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep many times each night.
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Sleep and Heart Disease
Untreated sleep apnea can cause your airway to collapse, which restricts or stops the flow of air into your lungs. When that happens, blood oxygen levels drop rapidly and the brain has to send a signal to wake you up. This can happen many times every night, causing strain on your heart and changes in your blood pressure and heart rate.
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Diabetes & Sleep
Diabetes can be related to untreated sleep apnea. Recent research indicates that individuals with obstructive sleep apnea are nine times more likely to have diabetes than those without obstructive sleep apnea. Diabetes and sleep disorders can severely impact your quality of life.
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Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and can make a person fall asleep at inappropriate times. These sleep attacks are not usually relieved by any amount of sleep. Narcolepsy, if not diagnosed and properly managed, can severely impact your quality of life.
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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) & Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
Do you often have an urge to move your legs or an inability to keep your legs still when you’re sitting or lying down for extended periods, especially near bedtime? It’s often described as an overwhelming urge to kick your legs to make an uncomfortable “creepy-crawling” feeling go away.
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If you have trouble falling asleep, sleep restlessly or often wake up feeling un-refreshed, you may have insomnia, one of the most common sleep disorders. People who suffer from insomnia have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, which can make it hard to function during the day. It can last for less than a week or become a chronic health problem. Insomnia affects approximately half of American adults at some point in their lives.
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