Common Sleep Disorders

There are more than 50 sleep disorders classified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). A sleep disorder can severely impact a person's daily life.

More common sleep disorders include:

Symptoms of Sleep Disorders 

Patients with sleep disorders can have common complaints that can include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness,
  • chronic daytime fatigue not explained by any other medical condition,
  • difficulty waking up on time,
  • disruptive sleep (snoring, gasping, or holding your breath),
  • difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep (insomnia),
  • falling asleep too early,
  • and unwanted behaviors as you are waking up.

Evaluating Your Sleep

A sleep specialist can connect each of these symptoms to a particular disorder.

This is why a sleep specialist may want to have you sleep overnight in a sleep evaluation facility or may give you equipment to test yourself at home.