Sleep Disorders

There are more than 80 sleep disorders, and some of them can be life threatening.

Some of these disorders include:

Any of the following symptoms or issues may indicate a sleep disorder:

  • Difficulty staying awake, concentrating or paying attention during the day or during situations, such as driving or meetings 
  • Difficulty controlling blood pressure or losing weight
  • Losing interest in sex and/or the ability to perform
  • Feeling irritable, moody, grumpy or depressed
  • Becoming limp and/or falling down when experiencing a strong emotion, like laughing or crying
  • Frequently experiencing a vivid, dreamlike condition when falling asleep or awakening in which you cannot move 
  • Thrashing about or experiencing uncontrollable leg movements during sleep
  • Snoring or a pause in breathing during sleep
  • Waking up choking or gasping for breath Inability to breath while sleeping on your back
  • Waking up with a rapid heartbeat
  • Excessive sweating during sleep
  • Headaches, dry mouth or a sore throat upon waking
  • Waking up frequently to use the bathroom throughout the night

If you believe you have a sleep disorder, describe your symptoms to your primary care physician. Snoring, for example, may indicate the most common disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, which contributes to many health issues, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Resolving sleep problems may prevent more serious health problems from developing.