Left untreated, sleep disorders contribute to serious and chronic conditions. Sleep apnea alone affects 1 in 5 Americans, but if you include other chronic diseases caused by sleep issues, it could be as high as 60-70% of the population.
Common Sleep Issues
Insomnia is trouble falling asleep, staying asleep through the night, or waking up too early in the morning. Episodes of insomnia may come and go or be long-lasting. The quality of your sleep is as important as how much sleep you get.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a problem in which your breathing pauses during sleep. This occurs because of narrowed or blocked airways.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing stops over and over during sleep.
Narcolepsy is an uncommon disorder that causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness and sudden, brief episodes of deep sleep during the day.
Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes a powerful urge to move your legs. Your legs become uncomfortable when you are lying down or sitting. Some people describe it as a creeping, crawling, tingling, or burning sensation.
REM Behavior Disorder
With Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD), sleepers act out their dreams and risk injuring themselves and/or their bed partners. Behaviors range in severity from loud talking, swearing, laughing and shouting to reaching, grabbing, leaping out of bed, and crawling.
Sleepwalking is a disorder that occurs when people walk or do other activity while they are still asleep.
Nightmares and Night Terrors
Nightmares are scary dreams. Night terrors occur more often in children and are rare in adults. They happen during deep sleep and cause the person to wake up screaming, confused, sweating and breathing fast.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
Periodic limb movement disorder involves repetitive movements of the arms, legs, or both during sleep.
The first appointment consultation usually takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
As with any doctor appointment, your doctor will ask you questions and provide information about next steps.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Fatigue
Drowsiness, or excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue, refers to feeling abnormally sleepy during the day. People who are drowsy may fall asleep in inappropriate situations or at inappropriate times.
Circadian Rhythm Disorders
If not reviewed by your family physician, you will again meet with a DreamDocs physician virtually to review testing results and determine next steps for treatment, which may include follow-up tests, sleep medical equipment or prescription medication.
DreamDocs can continue to treat and manage your ongoing care or you can take the results back to your primary care doctor, who can follow-up as needed.
The medical name for not being able to control your pee is enuresis or involuntary urination. It happens at night while sleeping, after the age when a person should be able to control his or her bladder.
Menopause-related Sleep Issues
From peri-menopause to post-menopause, women report the most sleeping problems. These include hot flashes, mood disorders, insomnia and sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep problems are often accompanied by depression and anxiety.