Sleep disorders encompass a variety of problems, including snoring, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, sleep deprivation, insomnia, and narcolepsy. At Ogden Clinic in Utah, our trained sleep specialists can test for sleep disorders and recommend treatment options. Two of the most common sleep disorders we see are insomnia and narcolepsy.
Insomnia is characterized by the following symptoms:
Acute or chronic insomnia can affect patients on its own, because of an underlying medical condition, or as a side effect of certain medications.
Another sleep disorder, known as narcolepsy, is characterized by:
Excessive daytime sleepiness: People with narcolepsy experience decreased alertness throughout the day, and can fall asleep without any warning, any time and any place.
Sleep paralysis: Patients with narcolepsy also may experience sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is when a person is unable to move or speak when falling asleep or waking up. Episodes of sleep paralysis only last for a few minutes at most, but they are frightening for the patient.
Hallucinations: If experienced upon waking, hallucinations are known as hypnopompic, or hypnagogic if they occur when falling asleep. Hallucinations can be quite scary as you may be partially awake as you begin dreaming, which can lead to experiencing the dreams as reality.
Abrupt loss of muscle tone: Some people with narcolepsy also experience a condition known as cataplexy. This condition causes people to experience a range of physical changes from slurred speech to complete weakness in the muscles, which can last for a few minutes. This condition is uncontrollable and can happen several times a day or once a year. Not all patients who have narcolepsy experience cataplexy.
Sleep disorders can be a traumatic experience for patients, from feeling restless, to posing a danger to themselves or others. If you believe your condition is a sleep disorder, contact us at Ogden Clinic to schedule an appointment at one of our Utah offices.
The Ogden Clinic Sleep Lab is certified by the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC). ACHC provides a patient-focused approach to Sleep Accreditation with principles that were developed by professionals to ensure relevant and realistic standards. By achieving this accreditation, Ogden Clinic demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest-quality service through compliance with national regulations and industry best practices. To learn more about the ACHC Accreditation, please visit https://www.achc.org/.