About Sleep Disorders

It is no wonder that 7 out of 10 Americans have trouble sleeping. There are more than 80 different sleeping disorders. They generally fall into the subcategories of: trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, and excessive sleepiness. While sleep disruption can have obvious symptoms to the afflicted person, from night terrors to bruxism (teeth grinding), it is still worthwhile to consult a sleep medicine expert for proper diagnosis.

Some of the most common sleep disorders include:

  • Sleep Apnea A condition where the person sleeping has abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of low breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is normally caused by obstructions or blockage in the upper airway, either in the nasal passage or oral airway.
  • Insomnia – The inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep when desired. Insomnia has been associated with other treatable medical conditions such as depression and chronic pain.
  • Narcolepsy – A chronic neurological condition caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles. Narcolepsy can have serious symptoms, including sleep paralysis, cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle function) and even waking hallucinations.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) – Characterized by discomfort in the legs or arms, whether burning, itching or tingling. While this disorder can be a general nuisance, it can also occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep cycles, resulting in poor sleep quality.

In addition to these common sleep disorders, Wake Sleep can also treat other sleep-related issues including snoring, hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness), sleep walking, night-terrors, REM behavior disorder, rhythmic movement disorder, delayed sleep phase syndrome and advanced sleep phase syndrome. If you or someone you know suffers from these conditions in the Raleigh-Durham area, contact us to find out how we can help.