Under ideal circumstances, you lay your head down at night, and 7-9 hours later, you wake up well rested and ready to take on whatever the day throws at you. But for 50-70 million Americans, this isn’t the case thanks to a sleep disorder.
Problems with sleep quality can have no small impact on your physical and mental wellness and overshadow your waking hours in significant ways. If you’re struggling with sleep, our team here at Complete Neurological Care wants you to know that there are solutions.
While there are more than 80 different sleep disorders, we take a look at the four most common sleep disorders here and how we can help you get the z’s you need to lead a happy and productive life.
One of the leading disruptors of sleep is insomnia, which is when you have problems falling asleep or staying asleep. In the US, about 14.5% of adults report problems falling asleep while nearly 18% struggle with staying asleep.
Either way, people with insomnia aren’t getting enough sleep during the night, which can lead to daytime fatigue, anxiety, poor performance, and more.
Treating insomnia depends on finding the underlying issue, which could be a mental health problem like anxiety or depression, or it may stem from pain or hormone issues. Once we get to the bottom of your inability to fall or stay asleep, we take the necessary steps to help you sleep more easily.
Slightly more than one-quarter of adults in the US ages of 30-70 have sleep apnea, which is a breathing disorder that disrupts sleep. The more common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which soft tissues collapse during the night and block the airways.
This can occur dozens of times throughout the night, and each time, the person wakes just enough to clear the airways.
The other form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea, an uncommon condition in which your brain fails to send breathing instructions to your muscles.
These breathing disorders are often remedied with treatments that keep your airways open throughout the night, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines and oral devices.
Restless leg syndrome
With this sleep disorder, you feel sensations in your legs, such as itching, tickling, or crawling, and the only way to get them to go away is to move your legs. As a result, you may be moving your legs throughout the night, which can prevent you from getting a good night’s rest.
Researchers believe that restless leg syndrome is neurological and might be caused by an iron deficiency or a problem with the dopamine signaling system in your brain.
Treating restless leg syndrome often comes down to relaxation techniques, vitamin supplements, and prescription medications to control the sensations and movements.
Narcolepsy is an uncommon sleep disorder in which you’re unable to regulate your sleep and you often fall asleep during the day. You may also experience sleep paralysis, muscle weakness, and hallucinations.
If we confirm, through testing and a sleep study, that you have narcolepsy, treatment often comes down to medications that control daytime sleeping.
As we said, there are many other types of sleep disorders, but these represent the lion’s share of the problem. No matter what’s preventing you from getting the sleep you need, we want you to know that there is help.
To get on the road to better sleep, please contact one of our offices in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, or Margate, Florida, to schedule an appointment.