Seven Signs You Might Have Sleep Apnea

Seven Signs You Might Have Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders afflicting approximately 20 million adults in the U.S. with an estimated 80% of cases going undiagnosed. Many people may be unaware that a sleep disorder is the underlying cause of their health problems, and others may be aware of their sleep disorder but uninformed of the severe consequences of untreated sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by frequent breaks or pauses in breathing during sleep. There are 3 forms of sleep apnea: Central sleep apnea (CSA) in which the pauses are due to the brain failing to signal the respiratory...

Better Sleep! Why This is a Resolution Worth Keeping

Better Sleep! Why This is a Resolution Worth Keeping

The new year has begun and that means it’s time to pull out your resolutions. Do you have any new resolutions on your list or are you making the same resolutions that you seem to keep failing at year after year. The most common resolutions are healthy eating, exercising more, and stopping smoking. Most people find that their resolutions fall by the wayside within a few weeks to months. Have you ever wondered why so many people fail at accomplishing worthwhile goals? The answer is simple: sleep. When you are sleep deprived or have poor sleep you are less likely...

Circadian Rhythm Disorder: Types, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Circadian Rhythm Disorder: Types, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

More and more recent evidence shows the pervasive influence the circadian timing of our biological processes naturally occurring over a 24-hour cycle has in almost all of our physiologic functions. Consequently, along with prominent wake and sleep disruptions, circadian rhythm sleep disorders are linked with mood disturbances, cognitive impairment and increased risk of cardiometabolic disorders. Here at Sweet Sleep Studio, LLC, we strive to educate our readers and patients on sleep education through our sleep education blog and videos, since nearly 70 million Americans experience sleep issues. Below we go over the circadian rhythm sleep disorder. We’ll explain what a circadian...

What Is a Parasomnia? (Sleepwalking, Night Terrors, RBD, and others)

What Is a Parasomnia? (Sleepwalking, Night Terrors, RBD, and others)

If you have ever been told by friends or a bed partner that you talk or scream in your sleep, thrash around, kick your legs about, or sleepwalk, then you may have a sleep disorder called a parasomnia. Other outwardly visible symptoms and signs of parasomnia can include being confused when waking—for example, saying things that don’t make sense. Other examples include night terrors (common in children), sleep paralysis, sleepwalking, sleep eating, or feeling like you’re being awakened by loud noises that no one else can hear. Sometimes parasomnia behaviors can even include doing bizarre or dangerous things while you’re...

Chronic vs Acute Insomnia: Definition, Symptoms, and Causes

Chronic vs Acute Insomnia: Definition, Symptoms, and Causes

Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or trouble getting restful, uninterrupted sleep. It’s the most common sleep disorder in the United States, with short-term insomnia affecting nearly 1 in 3 adults and long-term, chronic insomnia affecting 1 in 10 adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 70 million Americans experience insomnia to some degree. This frustrating sleep disorder can also disrupt the normal sleep of children and teens. Do you have insomnia? If you’re unhappy with the quality or duration of your sleep, you may well be among the numbers cited above. However, don’t panic....

Narcolepsy and the Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): Diagnosis and Reasons

Narcolepsy and the Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): Diagnosis and Reasons

Narcolepsy is a relatively rare sleep disorder, affecting an estimated 200,000 Americans. However, researchers believe many more people with this sometimes debilitating sleep disorder may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, due to this condition being difficult to recognize based on symptoms alone. Many other sleep disorders, physical illnesses, drug interaction side effects and even mental illnesses can present with some of the same symptoms as narcolepsy, such as excessive daytime sleepiness, muscle weakness, collapse, hallucinations and sleep paralysis. If you believe you have narcolepsy, you can find out for certain by consulting with a sleep medicine professional. Tests and procedures exist...

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