Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea effects approximately one in five people

Over 90% of females who have OSA remain undiagnosed

Approximately 42 million Americans have Sleep Disordered Breathing

75% of severe Sleep Disordered Breathing cases remain undiagnosed

More than 80% of people with high blood pressure also have sleep apnea

Almost 70% of people who have had a stroke have sleep apnea

Almost 50% of type 2 diabetes patients have sleep apnea

90% of people with insomnia also have another health condition

In a 2007 study of 10,000 people, those with insomnia were five times as likely to develop depression as those without

There are nearly 85 known sleep disorders.

One in three people has a sleep disorder, yet 95% of these disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Apnea means "want of breath" and patients with this condition often stop breathing hundreds of times every night.

When you stop breathing, your brain sends a signal to your body to wake up. Even if you don't remember waking up your sleep cycle is disrupted. These frequent awakenings at night can cause sleepiness during the day. Snoring and choking or gasping while you sleep are common symptoms. OSA symptoms can be different in women. Women will sometimes complain of morning headaches, lack of energy during the day and even trouble falling asleep. There are several treatment options available for OSA. It's best to talk with your health care provider about which treatment option is best for you.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome or RLS is best described as having an overwhelming urge to move your legs. You may also feel burning or itching inside your legs.

Typically these discomforts are relieved by walking around. Patients with RLS will complain that these symptoms are worse at night. The urge to move your legs at night may go unnoticed; however, it can disrupt your sleep. Low levels of iron in your blood, diabetes and some medications have been linked to RLS. Women are twice as likely to have RLS as men. If you think you have RLS, talk to your health care provider.

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Narcolepsy symptoms typically emerge in patients between the ages of 10 and 20. The most common symptom of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness.

This is a common symptom in other sleep disorders, which makes sleep testing even more important in these cases. Cataplexy, intense dream-like hallucinations while falling asleep, and sleep paralysis are other symptoms of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy can run in your family, but most cases are not genetically related. Typically, medication is used to treat narcolepsy along with lifestyle changes. If you think you have narcolepsy, talk with your health care provider.

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Insomnia occurs when you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Anyone can have insomnia, but it is more common and more frequent in older adults, women, and people under stress.

Some medical and mental health problems, such as other sleep disorders, can also cause or worsen the frequency of insomnia. Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can be taken to treat insomnia. However, many sleeping pills are not meant to be used long term and may have side effects. You should speak to your healthcare provider about any sleeping pills you have been prescribed or purchased over-the-counter. If you think you have insomnia, talk to your health care provider.

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