About 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year and an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Snoring by itself may not be all that dangerous, however, it could be a signal of sleep apnea. Characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing, sleep apnea affects more than 12 million Americans. Individuals with sleep apnea are at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. More information found on our “FAQs” page.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Loud, persistent snoring and snorting
Pauses in breathing during sleep
Waking with a dry mouth or headache
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Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. More than 60 million Americans suffer from some form the sleep disorder. Insomnia can range from occasional to chronic, but is best described as a persistent difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or premature morning awakening. More information found on our “FAQs” page.
Common symptoms include:
Trouble getting to sleep
Trouble staying asleep
Unrefreshing sleep
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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
RLS, also known as Ekbom disease, is an irresistible urge to move limbs in order to relieve an uncomfortable sensation. While the sleep disorder most commonly affects legs, it can also be experienced in the arms or torso. The constant need to move causes patterns of interrupted or restless sleep. More than 5 million Americans suffer from RLS.
Common symptoms include:
Creepy crawly sensations in the legs or arms, especially when at rest
Uncomfortable sensations relieved by rubbing or moving around
Symptoms begin in early evening and intensify as bedtime approaches
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A chronic sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy is estimated to affect as many as 125,000 to 200,000 Americans although fewer than 50,000 have been properly diagnosed. While most people do not experience REM sleep until after 90 minutes, narcoleptics can enter the REM stage of sleep within 10 minutes. Common symptoms include:
Excessive sleepiness
Feeling frozen or paralyzed upon waking
Feeling a loss of muscle tone in response to strong emotion like laughing or being angry
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Parasomnias: Unwanted Behaviors in Sleep
Parasomnia involves abnormal movements, behaviors, emotions, or perceptions that occur during sleep. Most abnormal behaviors are carried out during the transition of sleep stages. 10% of Americans experience parasomnia. Parasomnia is commonly seen in childhood and usually is not a serious concern unless unsafe or dangerous actions occur. Common symptoms include:
Acting out dreams
Sleep walking
Sleep-related violence or injury
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Shift Work and Circadian Sleep Disorders
Shift work or circadian rhythm sleep disorders affect people who commonly rotate shifts or work during the night. 20% of the American workforce is comprised of shift workers. This disorder occurs most frequently among people who work between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Such job schedules work against the body’s natural circadian rhythm and often result in insomnia and excessive sleepiness. Common symptoms include:
Excessive sleepiness
Difficulty concentrating
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Sleep Solutions of Mississippi treats a wide range of sleep disorders beyond those mentioned here. To discover if you have a sleep disorder and treatment options, schedule a sleep consultation with our board certified sleep doctors.