Would You Know If You Had A Sleep Disorder?

Everyone has an occasional sleepless night. But if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or are extremely tired during the day even if you’ve had a full night’s sleep, you might have a sleep disorder. Here are the most common types:

Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) usually reduces motivation and alertness, interferes with concentration and memory and increases irritability.

Snoring can be a symptom of something more serious, such as sleep apnea, heart problems or restless leg syndrome.

Insomnia is the inability to sleep at night and can put a person at risk of depression, poor health and accidents.

Sleep apnea is a pause in breathing during sleep. Complications of sleep apnea can include high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, heart disease, daytime sleepiness, automobile accidents, as well as difficulty concentrating, thinking and remembering.

Narcolepsy is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms of narcolepsy include excessive daytime sleepiness, loss of muscle tone, inability to talk or move, hallucinations, disturbed nighttime sleep and sleep walking.

Restless leg syndrome is pain in the legs while they are at rest. This type of leg pain is usually minimized by motion. The pain of restless leg syndrome may worsen in the evening and nighttime hours, which can lead to insomnia.

The lack of restful sleep can affect your ability to concentrate and may keep you from being able to perform daily tasks. Gwinnett Medical Center’s Center for Sleep Disorders specializes in diagnostic and therapeutic studies for the disorders mentioned above. If you think you have a sleep disorder visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/sleep or call 678-312-4326 for more information about our services or to schedule an appointment.


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