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...

What Is Narcolepsy? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options)

What Is Narcolepsy? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options)

How do sleep medicine physicians define narcolepsy? First, it’s important to note that narcolepsy is one of the less commonly seen sleep disorders. Many people who have excessive daytime sleepiness—who yawn a lot, fall asleep very easily or take unwanted naps during the day—may think they may be narcoleptic, but they’re probably mistaken. It’s far more likely they’re experiencing the symptoms of the more common sleep disorders of sleep apnea or insomnia—disorders that affect millions of Americans. Narcolepsy is far rarer. According to The Narcolepsy Network, this disorder of the nervous system affects only 200,000 Americans (both males or females)....

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome? (Symptoms, Causes, Treatment Options)

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome? (Symptoms, Causes, Treatment Options)

Around bedtime, do you ever find yourself fighting the distracting and overpowering urge to move your legs or feet to get relief from itching, burning, or a creepy-crawly feeling? Do you have trouble getting comfortable in bed and find it impossible to get into the right position to drift off to sleep? Perhaps your legs burn and tickle—not on the skin, but deeper inside. This constant, nagging discomfort and need to fidget and move your legs may be a sign that you have restless leg syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease—a neurological sleep disorder that can interrupt or delay...

Why Am I So Sleepy All the Time?

Why Am I So Sleepy All the Time?

“I’m tired and sleepy every day,” said the exhausted patient. No matter how early she went to bed or how late she slept, she still felt extremely tired and fatigued. She lacked the energy and mental clarity to do the things she loved to do. Sometimes she’d take naps at work, or worry about falling asleep behind the wheel driving home or picking up her kids from school. After weeks or months of this excessive fatigue, she went to see a sleep medicine specialist to solve the mystery once and for all: why was she so tired all the time?...

What Is a Sleep Medicine Specialist/Doctor and When Do I Get a Sleep Medicine Consultation?

What Is a Sleep Medicine Specialist/Doctor and When Do I Get a Sleep Medicine Consultation?

If you’re having trouble sleeping, if you snore, or if you have excessive daytime sleepiness on a regular basis, it could be that you have a sleep disorder. The time may be right for you to visit a board-certified sleep specialist. A diagnosis can help you get a plan together to improve your sleep and your health. But what exactly is a sleep medicine specialist (a.k.a., sleep doctor or sleep physician), and how do you know the time is right for you to get a consultation? What Is a Sleep Medicine Specialist/Doctor? Sleep medicine specialists are physicians with additional, specialized...