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An Overview of Common Sleep Disorders

Last updated 4 years ago

Disrupted sleep can take an enormous toll on your everyday life. Up to one-third of Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder, which can contribute to everything from dangerous driving to heart disease. The Sleep Disorders Center at Largo Medical Center can help you get to the root of your sleep difficulties so you can return to getting the restorative rest you need. What could be triggering your sleep issues? Consider these common sleep disorders.

Sleep Apnea

People with obstructive sleep apnea have a blockage in their airways that causes them to stop breathing while they are sleeping. The typical sleep apnea cycle is for the airways to close, the patient to stop breathing, and then for the patient to wake up gasping for air before falling back asleep and repeating the process. This cycle repeats so quickly that sufferers often aren’t aware that they are waking, but they could actually be waking up hundreds of times per night. Sleep apnea can be treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). In some cases, bariatric surgery can also be a solution.


Insomnia is the most common type of sleep disorder. Insomnia sufferers have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. There are many different factors that can contribute to insomnia, from stress and depression to medications and jet lag. The key to treating insomnia is isolating and addressing the specific cause.

Restless Legs Syndrome

If you experience an irresistible urge to move your legs when you lay down, then restless legs syndrome (RLS) may be to blame. People with RLS struggle to sleep because cramps and sensations in their legs cause them to constantly move them throughout the night. Other health conditions, like diabetes, can contribute to RLS. Treatment usually includes lifestyle changes, including using relaxation techniques and getting more exercise.

Get to the bottom of your sleep struggles with the help of the Sleep Disorders Center at Largo Medical Center. In addition to sleep therapy, our Pinellas County hospital offers bariatric surgery, robotic surgery, emergency room care, and more. For more information, please call us at (727) 470-6826.


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