There are over 80 classified sleep disorders documented ranging from Sleep Related Breathing Disorders, Sleep Related Movement Disorders, Insomnias, Parasomnias, Hypersomnia's, Sleep-Wake Disorders, and more. Sleep Disorders are common in adults, but children can have many sleep problems and be diagnosed with sleep disorders as well.
Follow these tips to establish healthy sleep habits:
Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine
The most common sleep disorder with snoring, breathing pauses, noisy breathing, and poor sleep are all common signs of this sleep disorder.
Not quite as common as many other sleep disorders, however this sleep disorder can be quite complex. See Video above on Narcolepsy.
Often one of the most underestimated sleep disorders, this Disorder mostly relates to night shift workers and the struggle against the natural circadian patterns humans have.
A unique type of breathing pause that is related to neurological issues rather than obstructions in the airway as in obstructive sleep apnea.
Category includes teeth grinding, leg movements (sleep/wake), leg cramps, sleep starts/jerks, and rhythmic movements.
A common term people use is Insomnia however it is unique and challenging to treat. A specialist is needed to diagnose and treat this disorder.
Positive Airway Pressure is a "first line" treatment of Sleep Apnea as it is quick and results can be seem quickly.
Dental Appliances are very popular for helping treat Sleep Apnea and Bruxism. Dentists may be Board Certified in Dental Sleep Medicine.
Many surgery or implant options may be available for various sleep disorders. Surgeries can be extreme or minor outpatient procedures.
CBT-I teaches individuals to identify and replace dysfunctional beliefs about sleep with positive thoughts. CBT-I is directed by trained professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, or another medical doctor) with experience treating sleep disorders.
Sleep Hygiene is critical to keeping healthy and limiting your chance of getting yourself into trouble with some basic sleep problems.
Preventative Sleep Medicine is a Ronin Sleep Solutions plan of care to have patients regularly monitor sleep and use tools to manage their health to prevent getting severe sleep disorders that may cause health problems in the future. Ronin Sleep Solutions offers Sleep Medicine Education, Polysomnography education, to those seeking Health and Medical information.
Sample of Drowsy Driving left untreated can lead to horrible accidents. Did you know many people without a diagnosed sleep disorder are prone to these type of accidents simply because they do not follow sleep hygiene principles? Schedule with us to avoid these problems in your life.
Narcolepsy with cataplexy in humans is a sleep disorder with profound effects on day to day activity. While many people may not have Cataplexy as in these examples, living with Narcolepsy can be difficult.
Famous Basketball star and Businessman Shaquille O'Neal shares his story with sleep apnea. This Video is a great introduction to Sleep Apnea, testing, and patient questions. Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders are very common.
Most common signs to watch for are snoring, breathing pauses or choking/gasping, restless sleep, daytime fatigue, morning headaches, night sweats, abnormal behaviors/dreams during sleep, and difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep. Additional signs may include depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, being quick to anger, sleep attacks, and drowsy driving. There are many sleep disorders, but these are some of the most common signs to watch for.
A sleep test uses sensors to watch your body during sleep looking for key indicators. Where a Home test is generally a screening for sleep apnea only and is not observed by a sleep specialist, a full Polysomnography study is monitored live by a registered sleep technologist (RPSGT/RST/RRT-SDS) and looks at far more sensors and is much more advanced in analysis. Regardless of the test, an experienced sleep specialist needs to review the data and your sleep history to look for correlations to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Home testing is only recommended for patients with a high probability of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, meaning they snore, have some tiredness, and been told they have breathing pauses/gasping while sleeping. In Facility testing is needed for most other sleep disorders to be diagnosed, and for those that Home Testing did not provide a clear diagnosis.
Making an appointment with a Registered Sleep Technologist to document your signs and symptoms is the first step. Step Two is taking this information to your doctor or our Board-Certified Sleep Specialists and requesting an order for sleep testing or treatment if testing is not needed for your sleep complaints (insomnia).