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Sleep disorders cause more than just daytime drowsiness. You may experience impaired concentration, loss of memory and coping skills. Maybe a loved one is frustrated at being kept awake by your snoring. Falling asleep while driving is a real problem that risks your life and those of innocent people. Sleep disorders can also exacerbate existing conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

You may suffer from one or more of 80 common sleep disorders. Check this list for the most frequently recognized signs and symptoms. Inova’s sleep specialists evaluate patients while they sleep to identify sleep disorders such as:

  • Sleep apnea
    Apnea literally means "absence of breath" and is often associated with loud snoring or pauses in breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is the most common cause of daytime sleepiness.
  • Narcolepsy
    This under-diagnosed but very prevalent sleep disorder is characterized by the sudden onset of sleep while active and by muscle weakness during strong emotion.
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
    Sufferers of RLS experience unpleasant sensations in the legs and have an irresistible urge to move around when the sensations occur.
  • Parasomnias
    This broad category includes such difficulties as sleep walking and rapid eye movement (REM) behavioral disorders. Insomnia Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep. It takes many forms, has many causes and is treated in a variety of ways.

In diagnosing a sleep disorder, we take into consideration which of the many symptoms you may experience, day or night. Individuals often deal with more than one of dozens of different sleep disorders.

Common signs and symptoms of sleep disorders:

  • Loud snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased productivity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Sleepwalking/talking
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Breathing disturbances during sleep
  • Frequent awakenings
  • Restless or jerking legs
  • Waking with gasping, coughing or choking
  • Uncontrollable sleep attacks