Symptoms of a Sleep Disorder
Forty million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, yet fewer than 20% discuss it with their doctors. Here are some common sleep disorders and their symptoms:
Delayed sleep phase syndrome: A debilitating disorder in which the circadian rhythm seems to be reversed, causing excessive daytime sleepiness and interfering with nighttime sleeping.
Insomnia: Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep night after night.
Narcolepsy: Excessive daytime sleepiness that causes a person to unexpectedly fall asleep many times a day.
Night terrors: Terrifying nightmares that are seldom remembered.
Periodic limb movement disorder: Repeated jerking of legs or arms during sleep, causing sufferers to feel tired when they wake up.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS): A restless feeling in the legs accompanied by burning, itching or crawling sensations, causing sufferers to repeatedly move their limbs to seek relief.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Caused by lack of sunlight during the long, dark days of winter, SAD can often be controlled by bright light therapy.
Sleep apnea: Often characterized by snoring, sleep apnea causes an individual to stop breathing and then start again many times a night. Twice as common in men than in women, sleep apnea can cause irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Sleepwalking: Walking or talking while asleep.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the Winchester Hospital Sleep Disorders Center can help. At the Sleep Disorders Center, you’ll sleep in a specially equipped bedroom. Non-invasive devices will record sleeping patterns, breathing and oxygen levels to detect problems during sleep – and help find a solution to help.
Read a story from a patient who has been helped by the Winchester Hospital Sleep Disorders Center.
For more information about the expert sleep treatment available at the Winchester Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, please contact us 781-756-2325.
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