• Common Sleep Disorders

  • Common sleep disorders at Parker Hospital in Parker, Colorado

    There are very effective treatments for most sleep problems. The following are the most common sleep disorders that afflict adults:

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Structural problems create a blockage in the airway that impedes or stops breathing in this serious condition. The brain senses the pause and sends a signal to breathe. Breathing resumes, often with a loud snort or gasp. This condition affects the entire body, and if left untreated, can lead to more severe health concerns.


    This condition is the inability to fall asleep and/or stay asleep.


    This disorder affects the part of the brain that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Narcolepsy is a lifelong condition that usually appears in early adulthood. It is characterized by the sudden onset of drowsiness or excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden loss of muscle control, sleep paralysis, fragmented sleep and vivid dreams, although symptoms range in severity. There are very effective medications that can mitigate symptoms and restore a sense of normalcy to the lives of those diagnosed with this condition.

    Circadian Rhythm Disorders

    Humans have an internal, 24-hour biological clock known as the circadian rhythm which helps regulate our wake/sleep cycle. This rhythm is sensitive to sunlight, creating a natural waking cycle during the day and a sleeping pattern at night. Disruptions to this cycle cause the clock to unpredictably shift the body’s wake/sleep cycle, causing significant problems. Shift workers are particularly at risk for this sleep disorder.


    This is a group of behaviors that includes sleepwalking, night terrors, teeth grinding and other unusual events that occur while sleeping.

    Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS) / Restless Leg Syndrome

    Characterized by leg cramping, twitching, pain and general discomfort in the legs, these intermittent limb movements can be very disruptive to sleep causing frequent waking, un-refreshed sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness.

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