Associate Medical Director Anas Wardeh, M.D, Pulmonologist.
Dr. Wardeh an expert in the field of sleep medicine, and conducts sleep studies at Sleep HealthCenters at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton.
If it's hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep and you wake up feeling tired or feel very sleepy during the day, you might have a sleep disorder.
Chronic sleep deprivation may increase your risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes or stroke. It can lead to memory or learning difficulties, difficulty making decisions, or moodiness.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, some 70 million people in the U.S. have a sleep problem. About 40 million adults suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. Another 20 to 30 million have intermittent sleep-related problems.
There are a number of different sleep disorders, and each has different symptoms. Here are a few examples:
Sleep apnea is one of the more common disorders, in which sufferers stop breathing during sleep and awake with a gasp. It is often caused by obstructions to the airways or problems with the central nervous system.
If you lie awake at night or frequently wake up you could have insomnia.
If you don't feel tired until the early hours of the morning but want to sleep until noon, you may have a circadian rhythm disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome.
Feeling excessively tired during the day to the point where you fall asleep anywhere at inappropriate times could be a sign of narcolepsy. Muscle weakness in parts or all of your body while you remain conscious are often linked to this disorder.
An itching, burning, or otherwise uncomfortable feeling in your legs requiring you to move them could be restless legs syndrome.
Because of the many ways it can impact your health, a sleep disorder should be taken seriously! During a sleep study, disorders can be diagnosed by medically-trained professionals, helping you to receive proper treatment, support and relief. Sleep study programs provide coordinated diagnosis, medical, pharmacological and behavioral treatments, as well as follow-up services.
For more information, consult your physician.