Common Sleep Disorders
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 1 in 3 US adults are not getting enough sleep. Many times, this lack of sleep may be caused by a variety of undiagnosed sleep disorders. Not only can sleep problems affect your energy level and daytime functioning but they can increase the risk of other health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Each sleep disorder has it's own set of factors that can interfere with daily life and risks to your overall health and only a trained sleep specialist can help you pinpoint what's going on. In addition, studies have demonstrated that people who sleep well consistently have a better chance of losing weight or keeping weight off.
Our specialized team at the Sleep Disorders Center of Georgia is experienced in diagnosing and treating the full range of sleep disorders and will design an individualized treatment plan to help each patient achieve the high-quality sleep they need and deserve to improve their health and well-being.
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Circadian rhythm sleep disorders is a family of sleep disorders that all involve a problem in the timing of when a person sleeps and is awake. People with circadian rhythm sleep disorders are unable to go to sleep and awaken at the times commonly required for work and school. Read More
Idiopathic hypersomnia or excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is sleeping too much without an obvious cause such as narcolepsy or other sleep disorders and is believed to be a neurological disorder. It is different from narcolepsy, because idiopathic hypersomnia does not involve suddenly falling asleep or losing muscle control due to strong emotions (cataplexy). Read More
Insomnia is defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It is very common and affects one in three American adults. Insomnia can occur in people of all ages, usually just for a night or two, but sometimes for weeks, months, or even years. Insomnia is most common among women and older adults. Read More
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder defined by constant sleepiness and a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. Typically, a person with narcolepsy suffers sleep attacks as well as continual sleepiness and a feeling of tiredness that is not completely relieved by any amount of sleep. If not recognized and appropriately managed, narcolepsy can drastically and negatively affect the quality of a person's life. Read More
Parasomnias are a group of sleep disorders that involve unwanted events or experiences that occur while you are falling asleep, sleeping or waking up. They can include atypical movements, behaviors, emotions, perceptions or dreams. They commonly produce physical injuries, adverse health effects, psychological disturbances and disrupted sleep. Although the behaviors that occur may be complex and seem purposeful to others, the person experience parasomnias remains asleep during often has no memory that it occurred. Many people who experience these episodes find it hard to sleep through the night. Read More
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) is a leg disorder that is similar to Restless Legs Syndrome but is exhibited during sleep rather than while awake. Periodic limb movements usually occur in the legs but may also affect the arms, and are involuntary (not consciously controlled). An observer might describe them as a "jerk" or "kick". As the name implies, the movements occur at periodic (regular) intervals with 20-40 seconds separating each kick, and a series of at least 4 jerks must be seen in order to diagnose PLMD (frequently many more than 4 kicks are seen in a row). Read More
Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), which often appears in otherwise healthy people, is not related to emotional or mental problems. As the name suggests, the symptoms mostly affect the legs, but the arms and (rarely) trunk may also be involved. Read More
Snoring is a loud, hoarse, or harsh breathing sound that occurs during sleep. Snoring is common in adults, and may indicate a serious health condition. In addition, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner. Read More