Sleep apnea is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. The chronic breathing disorder in which one repeatedly stops breathing during the night may be due to a partial or complete obstruction (or collapse) of the upper airway, typically affecting the base of the tongue and the soft palate.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that may leave you kicking your legs as you fall asleep, but a better understanding of the disorder, the symptoms, and its causes may lead to the diagnosis and treatment to obtain the rest that you need. Learn about restless legs syndrome or Willis-Ekbom disease. Discover more in this Verywell article by Dr. Peters.
Narcolepsy is one of the least understood of the sleep disorders. It can lead to profoundly disabling symptoms, ranging from sudden attacks of sleepiness to weakness called cataplexy that leads to complete collapse. Though rare, what is narcolepsy? Extend your understanding of narcolepsy by exploring the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatments of the disorder.
Difficulties falling asleep or staying awake at the proper times may suggest you have a problem with your biological clock called a circadian rhythm disorder, but what are circadian rhythm disorders? These common conditions may include wanting to sleep at an atypical time, irregular sleep patterns, and even jet lag or shift-work sleep disorder. Discover how these disorders contribute to symptoms of insomnia, poorly timed sleepiness, and effects on daytime function.
If you have ever had an unusual behavior or experience during your sleep, you may wonder: what are parasomnias? From the Latin meaning “around sleep”, parasomnias are a collection of sleep disorders that are characterized by abnormal actions or events that occur during sleep. What are the symptoms, causes, and treatments of the sleep behaviors called parasomnias? Discover how these conditions like sleepwalking, talking, eating, sleep terrors, and REM behavior disorder affect children and adults.
What is insomnia? How is insomnia defined and diagnosed? When struggling to sleep, it may be helpful to understand what insomnia is, how often it occurs, the potential causes, and its classical clinical features and symptoms. Discover more in this Verywell article by Dr. Peters.
Obstructive sleep apnea may have some surprising signs of the condition. You may expect it in someone who is overweight, snores loudly, and repeatedly wakes up gasping out of sleep. However, there may be other symptoms that suggest the presence of the disorder. Consider some of these alternative signs and whether the underlying cause might be due to sleep apnea.
Snoring is a sneaky bedfellow. You may not even realize you do it. It may not come to your attention until a bed partner throws an elbow into your ribs in the night. If you sleep by yourself, it can go unnoticed for years. If you do snore, what important symptoms or conditions could coexist with it? What are the most effective treatment options? When should you see a doctor about your snoring? Learn the answers to these questions as you discover solutions to snoring.