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Top 5 Most Common Sleep Disorders

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Mon 06/16/2014 - 10:05

If you wake up each morning feeling irritable or exhausted despite having spent seven to eight hours in bed, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Some sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome present obvious symptoms while others such as sleep apnea can be harder to diagnose. The following are the top five most common sleep disorders. If you suffer from any of the symptoms described below, Dr. Ivan F. Stein and the knowledgeable team at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions urge you to seek medical help.


Insomnia, characterized by difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep throughout the night, is the most common sleep disorder. Almost 60 percent of adults in the United States experience insomnia at least one night a week.

Sleep Apnea

An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, the second most common sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is characterized by a temporary cessation of breathing while sleeping. Individuals who suffer from sleep apnea can experience tens to hundreds of bouts of sleep apnea each night. It’s no wonder that individuals with this sleeping disorder often wake up each morning feeling exhausted, irritable, unable to concentrate or depressed.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is pretty much what it sounds like. Individuals with RLS experience a tingling, prickling or pulling sensation in their legs that makes sufferers feel like they need to move lower extremities. Usually, moving the legs helps temporarily alleviate the symptoms. Unfortunately, constantly moving restless-feeling legs can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.


Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder. For individuals with this disorder, the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stage — the deepest sleep stage in which we dream and experience muscle paralysis — happens almost immediately in the sleep cycle and sometimes throughout the day, causing sudden sleep attacks.

Night Terrors

Night terrors most commonly affect children between the ages of three and 12 years old. In contrast to nightmares which occur during the REM sleep stage, night terrors occur during the non-REM sleep stages. Children who suffer from night terrors often have repeated episodes of fear and intense crying during sleep, and it can be very difficult to wake a child up during an episode. Needless to say, night terrors can be scary experiences and may disrupt family life.

If you or a loved one exhibits any of the symptoms above, contact your doctor for medical advice. If you think you may have sleep apnea, New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein or his team of experts, contact New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions by calling (855) 949-7667.