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.
If you have symptoms of a sleep problem and need a diagnosis or have already been diagnosed and need treatment, how should you choose a sleep doctor? Discover what a sleep specialist is, what training and board certification credentials are required, and how to select the right sleep doctor with the resources needed to help you. Discover more in this Verywell article by Dr. Peters.
There are few things more frustrating than an inability to sleep. Insomnia may undermine your night's rest, leading to important daytime consequences. Why does insomnia happen? Learn about the factors that may lead to an inability to sleep at night and consider what you might do about these reasons and causes. Discover more in this Verywell article by Dr. Peters.
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.
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) is sometimes recommended to treat difficulty falling or staying asleep, the defining characteristics of insomnia. What is CBTI? Learn about this behavioral treatment and why it may be just the thing to help you get the rest that you need and help you to avoid the use of sleeping pills.
If you are not sleeping well, you may be interested in learning about the possible causes. What if something you are doing is ruining your sleep? Review the 10 worst ways to ruin your sleep, from drinking caffeine too late to lying in bed awake. You may find the reason that you have insomnia and finally get the sleep that you need to function at your best. Discover more in this Verywell article by Dr. Peters.
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.
These days home sleep testing is increasingly used to diagnose sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. Why might you be told to have a home sleep study? What are the benefits and drawbacks of having a home sleep test compared to an in-center polysomnogram? Learn about the use of home sleep studies, what to expect with your study, and what the next steps in your diagnosis and treatment might be.
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.
It's an easy trap to fall into. You have a bad night of sleep and before you know it, this stretches into a run of bad nights. You try to observe good sleep hygiene, making a few changes to make things better, but your insomnia persists. You mention it to your doctor and you receive a prescription for a sleeping pill. Then the real trouble begins.