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A brief overview of sleep disorders

Sleep is not just resting or taking a break from busy routines. It is essential to your physical and emotional health, and should be a regular part of your healthy routine. Adequate sleep may also play a role in helping your body recover from illness and injury. Inadequate sleep routines or untreated sleep disorders over a period of time are associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

The emotional and mental benefits of regular, restful sleep are also significant. Even occasional sleep problems or temporary sleep disorders can make daily life feel more stressful and less productive. Some people with chronic insomnia, for example, are more likely to develop psychiatric problems. In a recent survey, those who said they had trouble getting enough sleep reported impaired ability to perform tasks involving:

  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Logical reasoning
  • Mathematical calculation

Advanced care for sleep disorders in Pasadena

Sleep disorders are basically problems with sleeping. Sleep disorders include trouble falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at the wrong times, too much sleep or abnormal behaviors during sleep. There are more than 100 different sleep disorders and waking disorders. They can be grouped into four main categories:

  • Problems falling and staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Problems staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Problems sticking to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem)
  • Unusual behaviors during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviors such as restless legs, etc.)

Sleep problems and sleep disorders tend to increase with age. Drowsy drivers of all ages take the blame for at least 100,000 police-reported automobile crashes in the U.S. annually. At least 40 million Americans report having sleep difficulties.

West Coast Neurology is the leading center for treating sleep disorders. To schedule your visit, please call (626) 598-3770 or use our Request an Appointment form. Our sleep disorders patients come to us from Pasadena, San Marino, South Pasadena and Arcadia in the San Gabriel Valley, Glendale, San Pedro, Torrance, Long Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula and surrounding cities.