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Types of Sleep Disorders


Types of Sleep Disorders

There are more than 80 different types of sleep disorders, most of which can be classified as insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep rhythm problems or sleep-disruptive disorders. Specific types treated at Newton Medical Center’s Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Center include:

  • Snoring – Best recognized as a loud, hoarse breathing sound that occurs during sleep, snoring can be caused by abnormalities of the nose and throat, such as nasal polyps, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or a deviated nasal septum. Although common, snoring may also be a symptom of sleep apnea.

  • Sleep apnea – People with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, sometimes as many as hundreds of times, for a minute or longer. There are three types:

    • Obstructive sleep apnea – This is the most common apnea and is often caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep.

    • Central sleep apnea – The airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.

    • Mixed apnea – This condition is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.

  • Narcolepsy – A disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally, resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden sleep attacks, insomnia and dream-like hallucinations.

  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) – This condition causes uncomfortable leg sensations, such as a creeping or crawling feeling, burning, tingling or cramping that occur continually while the body is at rest.

  • Periodic Leg Movements in Sleep (PLMS) – A disorder in which the legs twitch or go through repetitive movements every 20 to 40 seconds during episodes lasting a few minutes to several hours while sleeping. Patients are often unaware that this is happening, but complain of symptoms such as insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness or feeling tired upon waking.

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