Sleep Disorders Overview


More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. With one in four suffering from exasperating sleep conditions, millions seek answers and solutions to some of the most irritating and exhausting disorders. From the less severe disorders, such as snoring and insomnia, to the more debilitating issues, such as narcolepsy and sleep terrors, Emery Sleep Solutions can provide the proper treatment and rehabilitation for your sleep disorder. Emery Sleep Solutions and our Orlando Sleep Center is here to help combat these issues and ailments!

According to medical studies, individuals who averaged at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night reported sharpened attention, and improved memory and creativity. Studies also reported that proper sleep helped maintain a healthier weight, lowered stress and improved longevity.

Hypersomnia—Caused by the central nervous system, hypersomnia causes individuals to feel invariably sleepy. Individuals experience prolonged sleep episodes of non-REM sleep.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Long sleep periods
  • Sleepiness or
  • Excessive deep sleep

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Insomnia—Perhaps the most prevalent sleep condition, insomnia stymies an individual’s sleep pattern. Compared to other sleep disorders, insomnia can occur due to a number of external issues, such as work-related stress or worry.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Awaking before the necessary time

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Narcolepsy—Occurring during the day, narcolepsy creates an overwhelming daytime drowsiness that results in sudden sleep. Narcolepsy makes it difficult to stay awake for extended periods, and the condition can result in a disruption in the personal and professional lives of patients.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Sleeping at inappropriate times and places
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Hallucinations

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Restless Leg Syndrome—Affecting more than 10 percent of Americans, RLS makes it difficult to sit, relax or sleep because of the incessant desire to move the legs. RLS suffers often combat both the physical and emotional dilemmas faced with the condition.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Constant desire to move the legs
  • Uncomfortable sensations in the legs resulting from not moving
  • Sensations in the legs intensify during long periods of rest

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Sleep Apnea—Accompanied by loud snoring, sleep apnea impedes the body from receiving proper oxygen levels. When collated with an obstructed throat, sleep apnea patients snore loudly and wake up gasping for air.

Typical symptoms include:

RLS causes individuals to incessantly move their legs to minimize pain and irritation.

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up sweating or with headaches
  • Awaking and feeling exhausted
  • Insomnia

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Sleep Bruxism—Known as teeth grinding, sleep bruxism causes individuals to gnash and clinch their teeth, leading to jaw disorders and damaged teeth. Most individuals with sleep bruxism will too grinding their teeth during the day, worsening the effects of the condition.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Loud teeth grinding and clenching
  • Jaw pain
  • Morning headaches
  • Chronic facial pain

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Sleep Deprivation—Classified as chronic lack of sleep, sleep deprivation mirrors minor insomnia. Compared to insomnia, sleep deprivation will allow individuals to sleep—just not the healthy 6-8 hours people need.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Lack of proper sleep
  • Constant fatigue
  • Low concentration levels

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Sleep Terror—Accompanied by piercing screams or cries, sleep terrors occur due to the arousal from the slow wave sleep. Sleep terrors can harm both patient and partners due to the violent swinging of the arms and legs during sleep.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Intense terror during sleep
  • Partial or total amnesia during an episode
  • Episodes occurring within the first-third part of the night

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Sleepwalking—Characterized by sudden, involuntary walking during sleep, sleepwalking occurs thanks to a rapid eye movement disorder during a dream. In typical sleep cycles, the body releases chemicals to paralyze itself to prevent movement; sleepwalkers do not release any chemical to impede movement.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Ambulation during sleep
  • Amnesia after an episode
  • Trouble arousing the patient during an episode

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If you or a loved one are suffering from any of these sleep disorders, contact our Orlando Sleep Center today to learn about how you can get evaluated.  Often times, staying in a sleep center in Orlando can help doctors better diagnose what is wrong when you sleep, and provide viable options that work and help you sleep better.  Contact our expert Orlando sleep doctors today and start the first step towards a better night sleep!


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The staff of Emery Sleep Solutions are here to assist those suffering from sleep disorders.