Common Sleep Disorders Explained

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While increased demands at work and home certainly play a factor in our sleeplessness, many people experience sleep deprivation because of a chronic sleep disorder.

The South Texas Diabetic and Metabolic Institute at Edinburg Regional Medical Center treats a wide range of common sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea. Common sleep disorders are explained below.

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To schedule an appointment at the South Texas Diabetic and Metabolic Institute at Edinburg Regional Medical Center, call 956-213-0400.

Insomnia

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Insomnia can result from stress, jet lag, diet or many other factors. Forty percent of all women and 30 percent of all men experience some form of insomnia.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy affects an estimated 250,000 Americans. People with narcolepsy suffer frequent "sleep attacks" throughout the day, even if they had a normal amount of nighttime sleep.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder of interrupted breathing during sleep, frequently due to obstructive tissue in the upper respiratory system. Loud, habitual snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) involves periodic involuntary movements or jerks during sleep, usually occurring at 30-second intervals. About 20 percent of the people with insomnia attribute their inability to sleep to PLMD.

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is caused by a prickling or tingling sensation in the legs and feet, which patients try to relieve by moving their legs (during sleep). RLS often is found in middle-aged or older adults. 30 percent of all cases can be traced to heredity.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment at the South Texas Diabetic and Metabolic Institute at Edinburg Regional Medical Center, call 956-213-0400.