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Mercy Health Sleep Centers

Common Adult Sleep Disorders

Mercy Health Sleep Centers diagnose and treat all major sleep disorders in both adults and children, including the following:

Snoring and sleep apnea
Loud snoring can be annoying, but it may also signal a serious medical condition called sleep apnea - a condition in which breathing stops repeatedly throughout the night. Left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness and trigger high blood pressure, heart failure and stroke.
  • Sleep apnea affects both men and women
  • Sleep apnea affects between 7-12% of adults
  • Sleep apnea causes restless, non-restorative sleep
  • Short-term consequences include morning headaches, daytime fatigue and sleepiness, irritability, moodiness and difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Long term consequences include weight gain, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes and sexual dysfunction

Everyone has an occasional night of poor sleep due to life's stresses. But when insomnia lasts for more than a month, it may be time to seek professional help. Insomnia can be brought on by stress, depression, medications, irregular sleep schedules and physical illness. Persistent insomnia can leave you feeling tired and irritable, and the worry you experience about your sleep disorder may only make things worse.
  • Insomnia refers to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night
  • Acute Insomnia is brief and generally the result of specific life stressors
  • Chronic Insomnia lasts greater than three months and occurs on at least three nights per week
  • While sleeping medications can help, long-term use in not recommended
  • Behavioral and psychological treatments are highly effective and in many ways safer and superior to sleeping pills

Periodic leg movements
Involuntary leg twitching and jerking can disrupt your sleep, leaving you tired and sleepy during the day. Cramping and leg discomfort are other symptoms of this common sleep problem.
  • Resless Leg Syndrom (RLS) is a different, but related disorder
  • RLS is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are at rest
  • This urge to move is typcially in response to unpleasant leg sensations, which subside when the legs are moved
  • RLS affects many more people than initially suspected, as much as 10% of the adult population
  • RLS can cause extreme difficulty falling asleep, or repeated awakenings during the night

Narcolepsy is a neurological condition characterized by daytime sleep "attacks," excessive sleepiness and lack of energy. If you have this disorder, you may also find that your muscles weaken when you are angry, surprised or amused. Other symptoms may include vivid, disturbing dreams or muscle paralysis as you are falling asleep at night or awakening in the morning.
  • Narcolepsy is rare, but creates extreme hardship for its sufferers
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