Internal Medicine

Sleep Disorders

Because there are more comfortable places to sleep, then on your laptop. 

There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep. You feel refreshed and ready to face the day. The opposite is true, too – when you don’t get enough sleep, you feel lethargic and unable to enjoy life like you used to. You are also more susceptible to illness and a pattern of no sleep is likely a sign of a more significant health problem.There are a variety of types of sleep disorders, most of which are diagnosed based on your level of daytime sleepiness, breathing irregularity while sleeping or increased movement during sleep, and difficulty falling asleep.

Some common types of sleep disorders include:
  • Insomnia: difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night.
  • Sleep apnea: abnormal patterns in breathing while you are asleep. There are several types of sleep apnea.
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS): a type of sleep movement disorder, also called Willis-Ekbom disease, that causes the uncomfortable sensation and urge to move your legs while you try to fall asleep.
  • Narcolepsy: characterized by extreme sleepiness during the day and falling asleep suddenly during the day.

There are many ways to help diagnose sleep disorders and doctors can usually treat most sleep disorders effectively once they have been correctly diagnosed.

In addition, many breathing problems cause disruptions in sleep, so identifying why you are not sleeping is critical for helping you get back to sleep. USF Health has a dedicated Sleep Disorders Center that provides comprehensive care for patients with all sleep disorders.

Sleep Disorders:
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep
Circadian Rhythm Disorder:
  • Shift work sleep disorder
  • Advanced and delayed sleep phase syndromes
Parasomnias (sleep disorders that involve abnormal movements and behaviors):
  • REM Behavior Disorder
  • Night Terrors
  • Sleep Walking and Talking
  • Nocturnal Eating Disorder

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