Sleep Disorders

We know how important sleep is to your well-being. Changes in sleep habits can affect your health and your ability to be your best. MaineHealth has sleep centers that diagnose and treat waking and sleeping disorders in adults and children.

What is a sleep disorder?

Sleep disorders are medical conditions that affect sleep patterns. Sleep loss can lead to higher blood pressure, depression, poor concentration, and accidents. Common sleep disorders include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia.

Sleep disorder symptoms may include:

  • Feeling tired all the time

  • Not being refreshed upon waking in the morning

  • Snoring

  • Tossing and turning

  • Stopping breathing while asleep

  • Trouble falling or staying asleep

  • Often taking sleeping pills

  • Feeling crawling in your legs or the urge to move the legs frequently while at rest

Diagnosing sleep disorders

If you’re having symptoms of a sleep disorder, talk to your primary care doctor or family healthcare provider. Your doctor may refer you to a sleep center. Patients sleep in a private room, in a home-like setting. While the patient sleeps, high-tech equipment tracks sleeping patterns, including brain waves, heartbeat, oxygen levels and heart rate.

Treatment for sleep orders

Depending on the diagnosis, sleep disorder treatment can include better sleeping habits, medicine prescribed by your doctor, or medical devices, such as the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy.

 

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