Sleep disorders range greatly in their makeup and severity. Disturbances in the timing, quality or amount of sleep are called dyssomnias and include insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, hypersomnia, circadian rhythm sleep disorders and others. Abnormal behaviors during sleep are called parasomnias and include bedwetting, sleepwalking, nightmares and night terrors.

Sleep Study

Sleep Study

Summary Sleep studies are tests performed in a sleep center that measure physiological aspects of sleep. They are typically performed in a sleep center, and are used to diagnose sleep disordersincludinginsomnia, hypersomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy. A number of activities are measured during a sleep study, such as electrical activity of the brain and heart, …

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Sleep Disorders in Children

Sleep Disorders in Children

Summary Sleep disorders are conditions that prevent children from getting a full night of rest on a regular basis. Many children experience some problems associated with sleep. Many of these issues are normal and may not be classified as a sleep disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 100 disorders of sleeping …

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Sleep Disorder Treatments

Sleep Disorder Treatments

Summary Sleep disorder treatments help reduce symptoms associated with many types of sleep disorders. Physicians generally prefer to use the least invasive treatment method possible. Simple lifestyle changes alone are often enough to significantly reduce or eliminate sleep disorder symptoms. In some cases, a physician may recommend additional treatment methods for patients with sleep disorders. …

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Also called: Sleep Disordered Breathing, Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea, SDB Summary Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person’s breathing stops and starts many times during sleep. These interruptions in breathing last at least 10 seconds and sometimes as long as 2 minutes. These frequent disruptions have a number of side effects. By depriving …

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Sleep and Mental Illness

Sleep & Mental Illness

Summary People diagnosed with mental illness frequently have related sleep problems. Most often, sleep problems related to mental illness involve one of two conditions: Insomnia. Condition in which a patient has trouble falling asleep or remaining asleep. Typically, patients with insomnia do not feel refreshed after a night’s sleep. Insomnia may be acute (short term) …

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