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Below you will find a brief description of the most common sleep disorders. You can click "read more" in each article to find more information about that sleep disorder. We hope this is helpful and as always, call us with any questions you may have.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious consequences, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. This may also lead to depression, irritability, poor work performance, and drowsy driving. This sleep disorder can be life-threatening and you should consult your doctor immediately if you feel you may suffer from it.

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Narcolepsy

A sleep disorder marked by sudden, uncontrollable urgers to sleep, causing an indivcidual to fall asleep at inappropriate times. A combination of medications and behavioral approaches, such as scheduled naps, can help control narcolepsy.

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Insomnia

Insomnia is a common condition in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep. This condition can range from mild to severe, depending on how often it occurs and for how long.

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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

A neurological disorder caracterized by uncomfortable sensations in the leg and, less comonly, the arms. The sensations are exacerbated (heightened) when the person with RLS is at rest. The sensations are described as crawly, tingly, prickly and occasionally painful. They result in a nearly insuppressible urge to moave around. Symptoms are often associated with sleep disturbances. There are several treament options, but its highly recommended to be diagnosed by a sleep physician.

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Special Sleep Issues

Certain unique sleep issues are related to shiftworkers, women or teenagers. To read more about Shift Work Disorder, Women's Sleep Issues and Teenager's Sleep Issues, click here.

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Other Sleep Disorders

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has identified over 80 sleep disorders. To view the comprehensive list of sleep disorders you can visit the American Academy of Sleep Disorders website by clicking here.

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