What is sleep apnea?

Do you often feel fatigued or that you have a lack or rest? American Sleep Centers can help diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders.  Please see some of the most common sleep disorders and their effects below.

Obstructive sleep apnea

OSA Affected individuals awaken dozens or even hundreds of times during the night in response to an interruption in normal breathing. Those suffering from sleep apnea generally snore loudly and persistently at night, then for brief moments stop breathing and therefore stop snoring, and may awake gasping for breath and/or sweating (although in many cases they are unaware of the problem at all). Symptoms may include daytime sleepiness and fatigue, morning headaches, difficulty with memory or concentration, and hypertension. Over time, sleep apnea and its attendant consequences can lead to a heart attack or stroke

Narcolepsy

Those suffering from narcolepsy experience severe sleepiness at inappropriate times, even when fully rested at night. This condition can prevent the patient from successfully handling routine social and vocational tasks. It can also cause nightmares, hallucinations and impaired muscle function at night or during periods of emotional stress.

Insomnia

Insomnia Inability to fall or stay asleep. Symptoms include poor breathing, restlessness or agitation and, occasionally, involuntary muscle twitching or jerking. Depression and stress frequently aggravate the condition.

Periodic limb movement

The arm and leg muscles contract involuntarily, causing kicking or jerking motions during sleep. Those affected may feel muscle fatigue during waking hours. Frequently occurs in concert with narcolepsy and insomnia.

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