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Sleep Disorders

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We all experience an occasional bad night’s sleep. But chronic lack of sound, quality rest — which restores energy levels — affects your physical and mental well-being. During the deepest stages of sleep, the body repairs and regenerates tissues, builds bone and muscle and appears to strengthen the immune system. Not sleeping well on a regular basis can leave you feeling drained, depressed, anxious, stressed, and generally miserable. A good night's sleep is often the best way to help us cope with stress, be productive and recover from illness. In addition, untreated sleep disorders can lead to a number of chronic diseases.


Are you getting enough sleep? Possible indicators of poor sleep include

  • You experience waves of drowsiness at meetings or lectures, especially if this occurs at times other than around 2 p.m.
  • You rely on the alarm clock to wake you.
  • You struggle to get awake and get going.
  • You doze off while driving.
  • You doze off easily while reading or watching television.
  • You feel sleepy after a single glass of beer or wine.
  • You don’t feel alert and energetic.
  • You feel disoriented or have a poor memory.

There are 88 documented chronic and intermittent sleep problems. The experts at the Crouse Sleep Center evaluate patients for a variety of sleep disorders, including the most common — insomnia, sleep apnea/snoring and restless legs syndrome are the most common sleep disorders.


Insomnia is the inability to sleep.


Symptoms
  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Awaking too early in the morning
Possible Causes
  • Emotional problems
  • Medication use
  • Abnormal movement of the legs or other parts of the body
  • Pain

Sleep Apnea is the periodic cessation of breathing during sleep.


Symptoms
  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Breathing stops suddenly and/or for prolonged time
  • Great disruption of sleep and concern among family members
Some sufferers may have a few or several hundred apneic episodes in one night, causing:
  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Disorientation
  • Poor memory
  • Daytime fatigue
  • An inability to remain alert
  • Declining intellectual or sexual performance

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS)


PLMS is a disorder which can disrupt sleep. RLS occurs during quiet, restful times while PLMS occurs during sleep.


Symptoms
  • Disagreeable symptoms in the legs during periods of rest, which typically result in the need to move around in order to obtain relief.
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