Sleep Conditions

Important: Sleepiness and the most common sleep disorders are serious health concerns and cannot always be mitigated by healthy sleep habits.

According to the CDC, an estimated 70 million Americans chronically live with sleep or circadian-related conditions. Sleep conditions are real and need to be addressed by a sleep specialist. Below you will find a short summary of the most common sleep disorders.

Could you have a sleep condition?

Ask the basic questions:

  1. “Do you have trouble sleeping at night on a regular basis?”
  2. “Do you have trouble maintaining wakefulness during the day on a regular basis?”

If you answer yes to either of these questions, it is important to consult a sleep specialist. A good place to start is to contact a local AASM Accredited Sleep Center.

What do sleep conditions look like?

Sleep disorders are often invisible and may be hard to detect. Sleepiness may manifest as issues with behavior, mood regulation, memory, concentration or sustained attention.  It’s important to learn about the real signs and symptoms of common and serious sleep conditions.

What kind of doctor should you visit about possible sleep condition?

Be proactive! Not all doctors are familiar with sleep conditions. Your journey will likely begin with your primary care doctor, but it’s important to consult with a Board-Certified Sleep Specialist (locate a AASM Accredited Sleep Center).  If you suspect you may have a particular condition, we highly recommend choosing a doctor who specializes in that condition.

Common and Serious Sleep Conditions:

Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders are neurological disorders in which the sleep-wake cycle is out of sync with the day-night cycle. As a result, individuals may experience insomnia-like symptoms at night and excessive sleepiness during the day, greatly impacting typical work, school, and social schedules. Circadian Rhythm Disorders include Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder, Irregular Sleep Wake Disorder and Shift Work Disorder.