Sleep Facts - Anxiety & Sleep Disorder
Common Sleep Disorders

Sleep Apnea:- Breathing stops temporarily during sleep, sometimes associated with loud snoring, restless sleep, and gasping for air. Most people have, from time to time, unintentionally dozed off on the couch watching television or reading a book or even stopped in traffic while driving. But persistent drowsiness during the day usually signals a chronic sleep deficit, and bigger problems. Sleep apnea can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes and stroke. “There is evidence that sleep deprivation could lead to pre-diabetic state.” If left untreated, long term effects of Sleep Apnea include hypertension, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmia and mayo cardiac infractions. Short tem effects include decrease quality of life style, excessive day time sleepiness, restless Sleep, morning head ache and irritably.

Periods of apnea can last up to 90 seconds and may occur several times during sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea are Loud habitual snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, daytime sleepiness , irritability, personality changes, obesity, choking/gasping or snorting during sleep, hypertension, inability to wake up, daytime fatigue, memory loss and concentration problems, Morning headaches, upper airway abnormalities, frequent napping, nocturnal arrhythmias, frequent awakenings and sexual problems.

Snoring When we are awake, the muscles of the throat hold the throat open, so that air passes in smoothly as we breathe. During sleep, these muscles relax and the throat sags inward. The tissue (including the soft palate, uvula and tonsils) relaxes and vibrates against the back of the throat during breathing, creating quite a bit of noise. Snoring is both a social and a medical problem. It can be disruptive to family life, frequently forcing partners to sleep separately.

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder leads to extreme sleepiness during the day or sometimes associated with sudden loss of muscle tone while awake. Patients may also experience vivid dreaming at night, feeling paralyzed upon awakening from sleep, frequent awakenings from sleep and difficulty concentrating during the day. If a correct diagnosis is made, then patients with narcolepsy can be easily treated. symptoms include, hypnagogic hallucinations, excessive sleepiness, low concentration, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, school problems,

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is described as a “creeping, crawling” sensation that occurs in the evening and improve with leg movement or getting up to walk around. One third of patients with restless leg syndrome have a family history. Restless leg syndrome can sometimes be easily treated with addressing underlying causes, such as iron deficiency or by giving a medication. Symptoms include, “Creepy” or “jumpy” legs, unpleasant sensation during sleep, insomnia/non-refreshing sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, increased activity, restless sleep, periodic leg movement of sleep.

Insomnia, in its chronic form, affects approximately nine percent of the U.S.  Population. Insomnia is characterized by persistent difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. It can last for weeks, months, or years. Symptoms include anxiety or stress, psychiatric disorders, known or unknown sleep disorders, substance abuse, other medical problems, behavioral factors. People with chronic insomnia may experience reduced productivity and accidents as a result of fatigue.

Parasomnia is one of the most dangers sleep disorder, refers to a wide variety of disruptive, sleep-related events include: sleep walking, sleep terrors, nightmares, seizures, uncontrolled behavior during sleep. Most lead to injury, violence, excessive eating, or disturbance of others in the bed or house.