Common Sleep Disorders
By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
September 24, 2019
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep Disorders  

Having trouble sleeping? You certainly aren’t alone. The CDC has stated that “insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic”, affecting as many as 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages. Quality sleep promotes good health, impacting everything from our energy levels to our mental performance. If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, our Bradenton, FL, board-certified sleep medicine doctor Dr. Jeremy McConnell is here to help.

Here are the three most common sleep disorders:

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes someone to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to more serious health issues including an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, and chronic respiratory conditions. Luckily, sleep apnea can easily be treated with CPAP therapy or a simple oral appliance (for milder cases).

Insomnia

Most people have heard of insomnia, a condition that makes it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. This condition may be short-lived or it can be chronic. Examples of short-term bouts of insomnia include changing work shifts or experiencing jet lag. Chronic insomnia refers to trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for at least one month.

There are many reasons insomnia may occur, from poor sleep hygiene to certain medical conditions. If you’ve been dealing with insomnia, it’s time to turn to a Bradenton, FL, sleep physician to find out what’s causing your sleep problems and how to treat it.

Narcolepsy

Again, this is another sleep disorder that you may have heard of. Narcolepsy causes someone to fall asleep suddenly at any point during the day or night. Certain things can trigger a narcolepsy attack including stress, fear, and excitement. Sometimes, the only warning sign of narcolepsy is extreme daytime sleepiness. If you are feeling exhausted most days of the week despite getting enough rest, it’s time to see a sleep specialist.

Contact Us

Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in patients of all ages. If you are having trouble getting the quality sleep you need to lead a healthy, productive life then call our office today at (941) 792-8383 to find out what’s going on.

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