Posts Categorized: Sleep Disorders Center

Symptoms of Narcolepsy

Have you ever heard of narcolepsy? Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that affects about one in 2,000 people in the United States. Symptoms typically begin between the ages of 10 and 20 years old. The main symptom of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness. Other symptoms that can also be experienced when a person has narcolepsy... Read more »

How to Sleep Better

Are you having trouble sleeping? Many people find it difficult to sleep at night. Some may struggle with falling asleep, whereas others have problems staying asleep. Three main factors can cause you to have a hard time sleeping: • Your body • Your mind • Outside stimuli BODY If your body becomes overstimulated prior to... Read more »

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tired drivers are responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013. Drowsy driving is dangerous and it’s important to recognize when you are tired on the road. Some signs that you may be too tired to drive include: • Yawning constantly • Ending up... Read more »

How to Get a Good Night’s Rest

Numerous factors contribute to our ability to get a good night’s sleep, ranging from stress and day-to-day responsibilities to sudden life changes like a major illness or new job. Some people struggle to find consistent quality sleep. It’s not always possible to directly control interfering factors in sleep, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you... Read more »

How Can I Stop Snoring?

No one likes to think that they snore while sleeping, but in reality, about 45 percent of all normal adults snore on occasion. Snoring can be a nuisance and commonly creates issues with sleep for a spouse who cannot get a good night’s sleep. In addition, about 75 percent of snorers also have obstructive sleep... Read more »

Night Terrors in Children

Night terrors, also known as sleep terrors, are episodes of screaming, intense fear and flailing that take place while the sufferer is still asleep. They’re most common in children, particularly between ages 3 and 12 years old, but they can also be present in adults. Night terrors are not the same as nightmares—symptoms of night... Read more »

How EEGs are Used to Diagnose Neurological Disorders

Your brain cells communicate via electrical impulses, even while you sleep. Interruptions to these impulses can cause several problems in the brain. In order to diagnose the condition caused by these interruptions, your doctor will perform a test that detects electrical activity in the brain. This test is called an electroencephalogram, or an EEG. How... Read more »

Sleep Apnea: The Basics

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder wherein breathing repeatedly stops and starts while sleeping. It can cause people to snore loudly, and they often feel tired even after a full night of sleep. What are the types of sleep apnea, and how can it be combatted? Types There are three common types of sleep apnea:... Read more »

I Can’t Sleep: Do I Have Insomnia?

Do you often have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or are unable to fall back to sleep after waking up early? You might have a sleep disorder known as insomnia. Insomnia affects sleep patterns, but this disorder can affect other aspects like energy levels, overall health and basic quality of life. Many adults experience... Read more »

Sleep Study FAQ

Sleep Study FAQ Q. What is a polysomnogram? A polysomnogram is a test that measures bodily functions during sleep. Each test will vary depending on the individual case.   Q. What kinds of things do polysomnograms measure? Depending on your circumstance, some measurements may include brain waves, heart beats, eye movements, muscle tension, leg movements, breathing, blood oxygen levels,... Read more »