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Signs and Symptoms

Untreated sleep disorders can lead to serious health problems including:

  • Shortened lifespan
  • Premature stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Lung disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Increase risk of diabetes

Risk factors vary, but common causes include:

  • Family history of sleep disorders
  • Physical abnormalities involving the upper airway
  • Excess body weight
  • Use of alcohol and/or medications that cause sleepiness
  • Use of antidepressants
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Stress
  • Chemical imbalance
  • Autoimmune deficiency
  • Disorder involving the neurological, metabolic or endocrine system, such as epilepsy

Symptoms of sleep disorders, both physical and behavioral, include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Unusual behaviors like walking and talking during sleep

There are a number of things that result in sleep disorders. They include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and insomnia. The sleep specialists at Summa Health System can help. They have extensive training in treatment options, effective medications and behavioral therapy.