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Common Sleep Disorders

  • Insomnia: a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
  • Snoring: a partial obstruction of the upper airway shown to increase the risk of having heart attacks and/or strokes. Loud, heavy snoring can also be a symptom of a more serious disorder known as sleep apnea.
  • Sleep Apnea: a life-threatening disorder that causes you to stop breathing periodically while sleeping.
  • Narcolepsy: a neurological illness characterized by sudden, uncontrollable sleep attacks and persistent daytime sleepiness.
  • Nocturnal Myoclonus: a disorder characterized by excessive movement of the legs during sleep, which causes arousal, also known as Periodic Leg Movements.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux: a disorder caused when acid from the stomach “backs up” into the esophagus during the night, causing small awakenings.
  • Parasomnias: abnormal and recurrent nighttime behavior such as sleepwalking, night terrors and head banging, etc.