What Are Some Common Sleep Disorders?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 30 percent of adults are not getting the recommended amount of sleep that they need. This can result in your not being as wide awake and sharp as you should be. Getting enough sleep is vital for good health. If you are suffering from any sleep disorders in Winchester, VA, the dedicated staff at Winchester Neurological Consultants can help you get your sleep problems sorted out. 


 Insomnia is a condition that causes you to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can be acute or it can be chronic. If it is acute, it is of short duration, and if it lasts for a month or longer, it is chronic. In the case of chronic insomnia, in most cases it is a secondary condition that is the result of another condition, medication or another sleep disorder. It may also be caused by caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco. In cases where insomnia is a primary condition, it can be the result of excessive stress, emotional upset, or working different shifts. 

Sleep apnea

 Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes your breathing to stop many times every hour. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this type of sleep apnea, your airway collapses and breathing restarts with a snort. It may cause you to snore loudly. People with sleep apnea often find that they are drowsy during the day, which makes them more inclined to get into automobile crashes and have other medical problems. 

Restless leg syndrome

 Restless leg syndrome is an irresistible urge to move your leg. If you move, it makes your leg feel better, but that relief doesn't last for long. You may be able to make lifestyle changes that can help relieve the symptoms. If these don't help, there are some medications that your Winchester, VA, doctor can give you to lessen the effects. 

Circadian rhythm disorders

 Circadian rhythm sleep disorders are when your days and nights get confused. This can happen when you move from one time zone to another or if you work alternating shifts. Your sleep/wake rhythm gets out of sync, and you may have trouble sleeping or the quality of your sleep may be poor. 

For help with sleep disorders in Winchester, VA, you can count on the team of experts at Winchester Neurological Consultants to provide the diagnosis and treatment that you require. To make an appointment, give us a call at (540) 667-1828.  

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