The number of Americans who suffer from sleep disorders is alarming. One study suggests that there are currently 40 million American suffering from at least one of the 70 recognized sleep disorders. While some sleep disorders result in occasional bouts of sleepiness during the day, others are far more serious and require medical attention from sleep experts. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is one such expert well-known is his field for identifying and treating a variety of sleep disorders.
Below, Dr. Avi Weisfogel outlines some of the most common sleep disorders found in the U.S.:
This is one of the most common sleep disorders and quite a large number of people have complained of having experienced this problem. Insomnia is usually characterized as one having poor sleep quality as a result of the following issues:
- Having difficulty going to sleep
- Frequent waking up in the middle of the night
- Unintentionally waking up very early in the morning
Insomnia may be caused by a variety of factors which may include medical or psychiatric problems, stress & worry, environmental influences or may be due to unknown reasons.
Sleep apnea is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders in the country and is by far the most ignored. This obstructive sleep disorder usually occurs when the patient’s upper respiratory system is blocked, resulting in breathing stopping for several seconds. This kind of sleep disorder is usually characterized by heavy snoring and sometimes, in severe cases, the patient may even experience occasional choking during sleep.
Those suffering from sleep apnea usually feel tired and worn out all day long. The condition has also been linked to other more serious health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver problems.
The restless leg syndrome
More adults than children suffer from restless leg syndrome. This is a neurological disorder often characterized by a persistent need to move the leg when one is asleep. Dr. Avi Weisfogel states that people suffering from this condition usually complain of having feelings of aching pain, itching, burning or throbbing in their legs with the easiest solution being to move the leg or massage It. It is therefore classified as sleep syndrome because the need to move or massage the leg during sleep often interferes with regular sleep patterns.
This is a neurological disorder where the brain is usually not able to control the sleeping and waking cycle. The sleep disorder doesn’t affect as many people as the three described above but it is usually more serious and can lead to unexpected accidents. Narcolepsy usually manifests itself in the form of extreme daytime sleepiness and intermittent and uncontrollable episodes of sleeping during the day.