Sleep Disorders 101

A sleep disorder is a physical and psychological condition or disturbance of sleep and wakefulness caused by abnormalities that occur during sleep or by abnormalities of specific sleep mechanisms.

Sleep Disorders 101

It is estimated that some 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders. Another 20 to 30 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder on an irregular basis. The annual costs in productivity, health care, and safety have been estimated in the billions of dollars.

Source: National Sleep Foundation, National Department of Transportation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Think You Have A Sleep Problem?

New-Patient Toolkit

Here are our suggestions for your next steps. We call it our New-Patient Toolkit. Follow these links below, in the order listed, and we’ll walk you through the process of getting your sleep problem diagnosed and treated.

Ready to talk to your doctor? Read this first.

Check out this sample consultation with a doctor on Snoring and Sleep Apnea.

Completing the forms below before you visit your doctor might help the doctor with his diagnosis. These require Adobe Acrobat – you can download it for free here.

Sleep Log

Bed Partner Questionnaire

Medication Log

Need help finding a sleep doctor? We can help you Find a Sleep Center.

Your doctor may want you to have an overnight sleep study, or Polysomnogram, to help determine whether or not you have a sleep disorder and how severe it might be.

Read about the Polysomnogram to help you understand the test.

View photos of an overnight sleep study

Once you have discussed your sleep study results or talked about your sleep problems with your doctor, come back to for more information. Remember, we offer support with online chats.

If you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder, work with your doctor (and home health care company if you are an apnea patient using CPAP). Sleep problems and sleep disorders ARE treatable, and you’ll find that getting a good night’s sleep again can change your whole life!

You can learn more about sleep disorders by looking through our library of Sleep Basics Features and Sleep Articles.  Among other items here, you can read 101 Questions About Sleep and Dreams.

The Talk About Sleep Mission: to be a world leader in the sleep field by providing quality information, support and resources to sleep disorder patients, their family, friends and healthcare professionals.

Comments (5)

  1. I suffer from Idiopathic Hypersomnia, and would love to see you include information about this sleep disorder on your site!
    Thank you!

  2. I have Narcolepsy and I’m pretty sure I’ve had it for almost my whole life, some of the symptoms for it at least, except I haven’t had “sleep attacks” like I have been getting now and it seems as if these have started and the Narcolepsy has gotten worse since I had Gillian Barre Syndrome a few years ago. When I bring this up to my doctor though he seems to blow it off as if it wasn’t important, or I’m lying.. I really think it has some connections either the Narcolepsy was caused by the GBS or GBS caused by the Narcolepsy…

  3. I have had sleep test. Have sleap apnea. Take Nuvigil. Take seroquel. I want to get off both. Have developed rash. Making me sick. Help! They think I have eczema NOT!

  4. Hi I just wanted to see if you ever found out what that was I’m currently experiencing something similar but I just wake up shaking no dreams except for last night I was dreaming I was sick and that I couldn’t close my mouth and I felt myself shaking hard as I was trying to close my mouth in my dream I woke up with a sore throat and I felt like I didn’t want to talk to anybody well more like if I tried speaking nothing would come out 🙁 I’m terrified

  5. i am going to full time in our fifthwheel trailor. what is 5he best way to get power to the capa machine theough the outlets?

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