What is a sleep disorder?
A sleep disorder is a condition that frequently impacts your ability to get enough quality sleep. While it’s normal to occasionally experience difficulties sleeping, it’s not normal to regularly have problems getting to sleep at night, to wake up feeling exhausted, or to feel sleepy during the day.
Signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder
If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms on a regular basis, you may be dealing with a sleep disorder. The more you answered “yes”, the more likely it is that you have a sleep disorder.
feel irritable or sleepy during the day?
have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching television or reading?
fall asleep or feel very tired while driving?
have difficulty concentrating?
often get told by others that you look tired?
have trouble controlling your emotions?
feel like you have to take a nap almost every day?
require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going?
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common (and treatable) sleep disorder in which your breathing temporarily stops during sleep, awakening you frequently. If you have sleep apnea you may not remember these awakenings, but you’ll likely feel exhausted during the day, irritable and depressed, or see a decrease in your productivity. Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life-threatening sleep disorder, so see a doctor right away and learn what you can do to help yourself.
What is Restless legs syndrome (RLS)?
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sleep disorder that causes an almost irresistible urge to move your legs (or arms) at night. The urge to move occurs when you’re resting or lying down and is usually due to uncomfortable, tingly, aching, or creeping sensations.
What is Narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that involves excessive, uncontrollable daytime sleepiness. It is caused by a dysfunction of the brain mechanism that controls sleeping and waking. If you have narcolepsy, you may have “sleep attacks” in the middle of talking, working, or even driving.
Surgery for sleep disorders is usually considered when other methods and treatments are not effective. There are several surgical procedures for treatment. To determine the surgical procedure, there are several tests to determine the most appropriate and effective way based on the problems and causes of sleep disorders in each person. One of the most recent tests is the use of an endoscope to check the airways and identify the points that cause obstruction and disturbance in the air flow.
One common practice of sleep disturbance, called UPPP, is the removal and displacement of the extra tissue of the throat to make the air more open. Sometimes a surgical procedure can be combined with other surgical procedures or treatments to achieve the best results.