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Sleep Apnea is a serious medical disorder with breathing disruptions and frequent awakenings. Breathing disturbances may occur hundreds of times throughout the night, although perhaps unrecognized or not recalled in the morning. This has been associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and stroke. Common symptoms include snoring, daytime sleepiness, irritability, memory impairment and waking with a dry mouth or headaches.
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder with involuntary, excessive daytime sleepiness or sleep attacks. Symptoms may also include cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle control during strong emotions such as laughing or crying), sleep paralysis (a feeling of paralysis when falling asleep or awakening), or hallucinations and vivid or scary dreams.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological movement disorder involving “creepy crawly” sensations in the legs, resulting in the need to move them. Typically this occurs in the evening at rest and will often lead to insomnia. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder may be related to RLS and involves kicking or moving of the legs or arms during sleep.
Insomnia is characterized by inadequate quality and quantity of sleep. It is often a symptom of another medical condition or sleep disorder. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep. Often the best action for insomnia is to identify the primary cause. In unresolved cases, insomnia may become chronic.
The Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Sleep Center is located at 969 Mason Rd., Suite 260, Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141
For more information about a sleep study or to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep physicians, call 314-996-8680