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Questions About Sleep Disorders What is a sleep disorder?

'Sleep disorder' is a term for a wide range of conditions which interfere with normal sleep patterns. The disorders range from periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS) to hypersomnia (excessive sleeping). Some sleep disturbances, like excessive snoring, interrupt the sleep of partners or family members. Other problems, such as sleep apnea (the cessation of breathing during sleep) can pose serious health risks.

Some patients believe they are sleeping soundly, but their sleep is actually fragmented by episodes when they cease breathing for prolonged moments, depriving the brain of oxygen. Known as sleep apnea, this is a normally dangerous condition that most commonly affects men & women between the ages of 18 and 80. Other patients suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, night terrors, or severe morning headaches.
  • What are the Categories of Sleep Disorders?
  • How are sleep disorders diagnosed?
  • Some Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
  • How are sleep disorders treated?