There are nearly 85 known sleep disorders.
One in three people has a sleep disorder, yet 95% of these disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated.
When you stop breathing, your brain sends a signal to your body to wake up. Even if you don't remember waking up your sleep cycle is disrupted. These frequent awakenings at night can cause sleepiness during the day. Snoring and choking or gasping while you sleep are common symptoms. OSA symptoms can be different in women. Women will sometimes complain of morning headaches, lack of energy during the day and even trouble falling asleep. There are several treatment options available for OSA. It's best to talk with your health care provider about which treatment option is best for you.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Typically these discomforts are relieved by walking around. Patients with RLS will complain that these symptoms are worse at night. The urge to move your legs at night may go unnoticed; however, it can disrupt your sleep. Low levels of iron in your blood, diabetes and some medications have been linked to RLS. Women are twice as likely to have RLS as men. If you think you have RLS, talk to your health care provider.
This is a common symptom in other sleep disorders, which makes sleep testing even more important in these cases. Cataplexy, intense dream-like hallucinations while falling asleep, and sleep paralysis are other symptoms of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy can run in your family, but most cases are not genetically related. Typically, medication is used to treat narcolepsy along with lifestyle changes. If you think you have narcolepsy, talk with your health care provider.
Some medical and mental health problems, such as other sleep disorders, can also cause or worsen the frequency of insomnia. Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can be taken to treat insomnia. However, many sleeping pills are not meant to be used long term and may have side effects. You should speak to your healthcare provider about any sleeping pills you have been prescribed or purchased over-the-counter. If you think you have insomnia, talk to your health care provider.