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What is a sleep disorder?

A medical disorder of sleep patterns. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning. With accurate diagnosis, doctors can treat most sleep disorders effectively. Large medical centers have diagnostic and treatment facilities dedicated to sleep disorders, with sleep apnea being the most commonly treated.

Sleep disorders are problems or changes in sleeping patterns or habits. Here are some signs and symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Snoring
  • Abnormal behaviors during sleep
  • Irregular breathing or increased movement during sleep
  • Restless leg syndrome

There are more than 100 different sleeping and waking disorders. They can be grouped into four main categories:

  • Problems falling and staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Problems staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Problems sticking to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem)
  • Unusual behaviors during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviors)