What is Sleep Apnea?
This is a common sleep disorder in which your normal breathing is disturbed by pauses or shallow breaths while you are sleeping. These breathing pauses can cause trouble sleeping and may last from a few seconds to minutes and may also result in sleep deprivation.
Types and Causes of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This occurs due to the relaxation of the muscles in the back of your throat. When they relax, the airway narrows down or closes and you can’t get adequate breath. In turn your brain senses this inability and briefly rouses you from sleep. You wake up momentarily to reopen your airway and this may result in a snorting sound. Continuous cycle of it may result in snoring.
Central Sleep Apnea
This is a less common form of sleep apnea. It occurs when the brain fails to transmit signals to enable automatic breathing. This may result in shortness of breath or having trouble sleeping.
Are You Suffering From A Sleep Disorder?
If you have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep, chances are you have developed a sleep disorder. When we find it hard to sleep through the night or if we wake up too early or too often or find it difficult to wake up at all, we suffer from a sleep problem of some kind. We might not pay attention but children and adolescents too need to sleep for at least nine hours per night.
Students are negatively impacted by sleep problems and lack of sleep and may suffer from hampered performance at school, in their extracurricular activities, and in their social relationships as well. Some children and adolescents also develop a habit of oversleeping and this causes other problems and side effects. Some types of sleep disorders that you may knowingly or unknowingly suffer from:
Occasional snoring is not serious and at most is a nuisance for your bed partner that can be dealt with. However, a habitual snorer beside you may suffer problems and also impair your own sleep quality.
Parasomnias include bad dreams or nightmares, night terrors, sleep walking, confused arousals and many other problems.
Nightmares in Adults
These happen when you wake up terrified from a disturbing dream or nightmare.
Night terrors in children are different from the common nightmares of adults. Night terror symptoms are frequent, recurrent and cause arousal and result in intense crying and fear during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea
In case of central sleep apnea, normal breathing gets disrupted during sleep because of brain functions.
You suffer from Insomnia if you have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.
Bedwetting is common in a large majority of children but at times it may be a symptom of underlying diseases.
Many individuals suffer from Narcolepsy which is a neurological disorder. It affects the control of sleep and wakefulness
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Occasional teeth grinding is not harmful but when it occurs on a regular basis, the teeth get damaged and other complications such as jaw muscle discomfort or TMJ pain arise.
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
This disorder causes the person to “act out” their dreams.
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
These are disruptions in a person’s circadian rhythm which is called the internal body clock in layman words. It causes disruption in our natural biological cycle.
Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder
This is a kind of circadian rhythm disorder that only affects blind people. They gradually start going to bed later each night and thus waking up later every day until their sleep schedule gets completely flipped.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
PLMD is a sleep disorder of rhythmic movements of limbs during sleep.
Hypersomnia (Daytime Sleepiness)
When a person has trouble staying awake during day, he or she suffers from this disorder and they are even prone to falling asleep while they are driving.
This happens when you feel like you are awake but unable to move? At times the patient cannot even call for help? This condition is called sleep paralysis.
Sleep-Related Eating Disorders
When you get up in the middle of the night and snack on the leftover chicken roast straight out of the fridge. Yes, this is not normal either.
Shift Work Sleep Disorder
This disorder is when you have trouble sleeping because of your night or rotating shifts at work. But you don’t have any reason to lose sleep. The team of WYOENT is here right beside you in Gillette and is all geared up to relieve you of all your sleep disorders. Young individuals, children or senior citizens, we care for all and make sure you are able to find peace and a lovely night’s sleep every night.
WYO ENT offers complete management of sleep disorders and problems for both children and adults. Sleep problems are becoming more common throughout the United States. Poor sleep affects both adults and children and can lead to severe consequences if not treated. This can lead to fatigue, memory loss, daytime tiredness, behavioral/mood changes, and more. An accurate diagnosis is essential in order to determining the right course of treatment. Let our highly trained staff get you on track to a healthier, happier life today.