What Happens if I Have a Sleep Disorder?

Do you frequently feel tired and irritable during the day or have trouble concentrating? You may have a sleep disorder. Fortunately, your Conyers and Loganville, GA, sleep specialist, Dr. Michel Jeannot of Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, can find out why you're having the symptoms and offer effective treatments.

What are the symptoms of a sleep disorder?

If you have a sleep disorder, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:

  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Inability to focus or pay attention at work or school
  • Fatigue during the day (even if you got a full night's sleep)
  • Slower reaction time
  • Irritability or emotional outbursts
  • Poor memory
  • Drifting off to sleep at school, work or while driving

What are the common types of sleep disorders?

A variety of sleep disorders can affect the quantity or quality of your sleep, including:

  • Insomnia: Nearly everyone experiences insomnia occasionally. Sleep can be difficult if you're sick, worried, in pain or taking care of a newborn. Fortunately, insomnia often gets better when you feel better (or your baby starts sleeping through the night.) In some cases, insomnia can become a chronic problem. You may have chronic insomnia if you have trouble sleeping for three or more nights a week for a month or longer.
  • Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing for seconds at a time when you're asleep. You may have hundreds of these breathing pauses during the night. If you have sleep apnea, you may snore loudly and may wake yourself up choking or gasping for air. The disorder deprives your brain of oxygen and increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other serious health conditions.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS): RLS causes uncomfortable crawling sensations that make you want to move your legs when you're trying to sleep or rest.
  • Narcolepsy: If you have narcolepsy, you may suddenly fall asleep with no warning and may feel very sleepy during the day.

How do sleep specialists treat sleep disorders?

If your sleep specialist thinks that you may have a sleep disorder, he may recommend a sleep study during your visit to the Conyers or Loganville, GA, sleep medicine office. The study is conducted while you sleep and measure heart rate, eye and leg movements, oxygen, breathing and brain activity. If you're diagnosed with a sleep disorder, your doctor can recommend helpful strategies, devices or medications that will help improve your sleep.

Are you concerned that you may have a sleep disorder? Call your sleep specialist in Conyers and Loganville, GA, Dr. Jeannot of Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, at (678) 928-9700.