The 50-70 million American adults diagnosed with a sleeping disorder go through their days feeling fatigued, unable to concentrate, and sometimes uncontrollably falling asleep at the worst times, like during a business meeting or while they’re driving. The skilled doctors at Mayfair Family Care in Chicago have years of experience treating patients with sleeping disorders, protecting their health by helping them return to uninterrupted, restful sleep. To schedule an appointment, call the Lincoln Square office or use the online booking feature today.
Sleeping disorders include more than 80 conditions that interfere with your sleep, leading to sleep deprivation that negatively affects your quality of life and your overall health.
These are a few common sleeping disorders:
Insomnia refers to a group of problems that include:
Like many sleep disorders, insomnia makes you feel exhausted throughout the day.
Narcolepsy causes overpowering drowsiness during the day that makes you suddenly fall asleep no matter where you are at the time. Some patients experience vivid hallucinations while falling asleep or have cataplexy, which is a temporary muscle weakness or paralysis caused by strong emotions.
Restless legs syndrome causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs when you sit for a long time or lay down to rest. You also feel crawling, itching, and pulling sensations deep in your legs. Your symptoms continue throughout the night, forcing you to walk around to relieve the uncomfortable sensations.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when soft tissues in your mouth, such as your tongue, relax and fall toward the airway at the back of your throat. You snore when the soft tissues partially cover the airway, as the air you breathe in makes the tissues vibrate. Loud snoring is the top symptom of OSA.
When the soft tissues completely cover the airway, your breathing briefly stops. These apnea episodes occur 5-30 times or more every hour. Each time your breathing stops, you wake up just enough to start breathing again, which significantly fragments your sleep.
Each type of disorder has its own treatment. For example, insomnia treatment may include keeping a regular bedtime schedule, staying active, avoiding alcohol before bed, relaxation exercises, and short-term medications.
The primary treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A CPAP machine sends a constant flow of air through a device placed into your nose or over your nose and mouth. The air creates positive pressure that holds your airway open.
If you feel drowsy during the day or a housemate complains of loud snoring, call Mayfair Family Care or schedule an appointment online.