As with many health issues, there is more than one cause for sleep disorders. In fact, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, there are 84 different disorders affecting sleep and waking that can cause personal health problems and lead to a lowered quality of life for individuals. Falling or staying asleep, staying awake, maintaining a regular sleep/wake cycle, sleepwalking, nightmares, bedwetting - these are only a few of the problems that a sleep disorder can cause. In fact, some can actually be life-threatening.

More than that, it is known that sleep disorders can also endanger public safety - as the experience of such a disease doesn't simply happen when a person is home in bed. It's a problem 24/7 - affecting their entire life, including while they are working or driving, which contributes to increased traffic and industrial accidents, as well.

Following are brief descriptions of some of the more common sleep disorders:


Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes obstructed and prevents oxygen from reaching the brain and body, and it is a condition that affects 20 million adults in the U.S.
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Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or to maintain sleep. If you wake up frequently during the night, wake too early, or wake feeling tired - you may be suffering from insomnia.
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A movement disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs at bedtime. It can vary in symptoms from person to person and be difficult to describe.
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Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. It can cause intermittent uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep in the daytime.
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Circadian rhythm disorder is a disruption in the 24-hour cycle of biological processes your body goes through-often called an "internal clock".
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For more information about sleep disorders, or sleeping problems you may be experiencing, please contact your physician.