Sleep disorders affect people of all ages and can appear as a temporary childhood problem like night terrors or develop into a life threatening illness like apnea.
Many people suffer from insomnia or delayed sleep phase syndrome (difficulty falling asleep and waking up at the right time). The sleep disorders that will be discussed here include apnea, narcolepsy, hypersomnia and sleepwalking.
If you believe you are suffering from a sleep disorder and are seeking treatment, you may request a sleep study online.
WFBMC Approach to Sleep Disorder Treatment
The Sleep Disorders Center is devoted to the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders in patients of all ages. The center functions as a diagnostic resource and short-term treatment facility to evaluate such problems as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, common parasomnias (sleepwalking, nightmares, night terrors, nocturnal seizures).
The staff performs polysomnographic studies (PSG) and multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT) and provides education, advice and assistance to physicians regarding sleep disorders, medicine and testing available.
When patients are being referred to the sleep center, they have 2 choices of entry into the system. They can begin with a referral to the various clinics for an office- based evaluation, or they can be sent straight to the sleep lab for testing.
The Medical Center is working on sleeping pill studies that are evaluating middle of the night and intermittent dosing versus the routine of taking the pills right before bedtime each night.
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that occurs during sleep. It refers to non-breathing episodes during sleep, occurring as frequently as several hundred times per night. About 95% of all cases are obstructive apnea, which is characterized by repetitive episodes of upper airway obstruction during sleep usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation.
Learn more about sleep apnea.
Narcolepsy is a lifelong neurological illness, primarily characterized by sudden uncontrollable sleep attacks and persistent daytime sleepiness. Narcolepsy affects more than 500,000 Americans and symptoms may arise as early as the onset of puberty and continue throughout life. Narcolepsy itself is not life threatening, but it can have a major impact on functioning in life, like driving a car, that can have serious consequences.
Learn more about narcolepsy.
Hypersomnia is excessive sleepiness. It is an excessively deep or prolonged major sleep period and may be associated with difficulty in awakening. It is believed to be caused by the central nervous system. It typically appears before age 25 and comes on gradually.
Learn more about hypersomnia.
Sleepwalking affects about 18 percent of the population. It is more common in children than in adolescents and adults. Boys are more likely to sleepwalk than girls. Sleepwalking can have a genetic tendency.
Sleepwalkers may feel embarrassment, shame, guilt, anxiety and confusion when they are told about their sleepwalking behavior.
Learn more about sleepwalking.
Other Sleep Disorders
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