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An Overview of Common Sleep Disorders

Last updated 4 years ago

Getting the right amount of sleep is essential to living a healthy life. When you are not getting regular, uninterrupted sleep, it can cause severe harm to your health, making you more susceptible to problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Here are some of the most widespread disorders that can affect your sleep.

Insomnia. The most common sleep disorder, insomnia simply means an inability to fall asleep. Insomnia can be the result of a wide range of factors, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Certain medications can also affect your ability to fall asleep. Use of caffeine or nicotine, drinking too much alcohol, or eating late at night can also cause insomnia.

Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to periodically stop breathing while you sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by blocked breathing passages, and central sleep apnea, which is a neurological problem in which the muscles that control your breathing repeatedly fail to work.

Narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a condition that causes you to become sleepy throughout the day. It is often related to insomnia and other sleep disorders. People with narcolepsy may doze off in the middle of doing something, and they may even experience hallucinations. You may also experience episodes of sleep paralysis after waking.

Circadian rhythm disturbances. Interruptions in your normal sleeping routine are known as circadian rhythm disturbances. They may be the result of insomnia, traveling to a different time zone, or changing work shifts. These changes can cause you to feel drowsy and disoriented whenever you are awake.

If you are experiencing severe trouble sleeping, visit the Sleep Disorders Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg. We specialize in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders ranging from sleep apnea to narcolepsy, and we perform Sleep Studies seven days a week. Visit our website for more information, or call (855) 245-8328 to schedule an appointment. 


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