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. Another term is Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED).
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder may be related to RLS and involves kicking or moving of the legs or arms during sleep.
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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.
Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle control, typically triggered by emotions such as laughing or crying. Cataplexy is the prime symptom of narcolepsy.
Sleep paralysis is a feeling of paralysis when falling asleep or awakening (see narcolepsy).
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Let our sleep professionals help you get a better night's rest. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep physicians, call 314.996.8680.
The Sleep Disorders Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri — a west county suburb of St. Louis. The address is at 969 Mason Road, Suite 260, near the corner of North Mason and Olive Boulevard.
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