Sleep disorders include a number of problems with initiation of sleep, maintenance of sleep and awakening. Many medical problems contribute to these – such as pain, breathing problems, GI problems such GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder) and others.
Many experience breathing disorders, snoring, interrupts in breathing (apnea), gasping, nightmares, frequent arousals and so forth. Medical complications can be as simple as dry mouth or morning headaches.More significant can include Hypertension, irregular heart rate, panic attacks, impaired concentration, daytime fatigue and intrusive sleep events.
I often refer patients with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD and similar problems to sleep labs for definitive diagnosis and often treatment. When caught early, long term complications and medication use may be avoided.