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Sleep Disorders

Introduction

Sleep disorders can cause your sleep to be disturbed. Disturbed sleep includes the inability to fall asleep, the inability to go back to sleep, and frequent waking up during the night. Sleep disorders can make you feel tired, fatigued, and irritable, making it difficult for you to concentrate during the day.

Most people have experienced sleep disturbances at some point in their lives. Anyone at any age can develop a sleep disorder/disturbance. Depending on the cause and the treatment, sleep disturbances can be short-term or long-term.

What Are the Causes of Sleep Disorders?

There are many conditions, diseases, and sleep disorders that can cause sleep disturbances. There are several common causes of sleep disturbances:

  • Bedwetting is a cause of sleep disturbance that usually occurs in children during potty training. It is called nocturnal enuresis. Most children learn how to control their bladders by age 6 or 7.
  • Insomnia is the inability to fall or remain asleep and can last from a few nights to months or years. It can be caused by jet lag, stress and anxiety, hormones, or digestive problems, or it can be a sign of another disease or condition.
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is an inexplicable urge to move your legs, sometimes with a tingling sensation.

Other causes of sleep disturbance include sleep apnea, teeth grinding, allergies and colds, snoring, frequent urination, fibromyalgia, and nightmares. Sleep apnea causes breathing interruptions during your sleep, and teeth grinding (which is called bruxism) can cause you to wake up during the night.

Allergies, colds, coughing, and upper respiratory infections can make it difficult for you to breathe at night. Snoring can also disturb your sleep, and if it is loud enough, it may wake you up. Frequent urination, which is called nocturia, will cause you to wake up during the night and may disrupt your sleep.

When you have pain or fibromyalgia, you may find it difficult to sleep without interruption. People who have body-wide pain and tenderness may have fibromyalgia. The cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but doctors believe one of the causes may be linked to sleep problems. If you have bad dreams or nightmares, they may disrupt your sleep. You may also feel emotionally tired after a nightmare because nightmares leave people with negative emotional thoughts. You may even sleepwalk after having a nightmare.

Conditions We Treat for Sleep Disorders

Easta Medical Group offers state of the art equipment sleep Diagnostic, provides testing for a wide range of sleep conditions. The conditions we treat mainly sleep disordered breathing (Obstructive sleep apnea, primary snoring, noisy breathing, Apnea of infancy etc.

*Please note that this is not a complete list of all the conditions and treatments that we provide. The information is designed for educational references only and should not be construed as medical advice.

Kindly consult one of our qualified healthcare specialists for an accurate diagnosis before starting on any treatments.

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