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6 Most Common Sleep Disorders | Charlotte Sleep Clinic

Anxiety and generalized stress are more common than we’d like them to be, especially due to the pandemic. We work a lot, don’t get enough rest, and live under so much stress. That can have a negative impact on our sleep cycle. This is a usual cause of sleep disorders. It seems to be getting harder and harder for people to have a good night's sleep. From insomnia to sleepwalking and more, these conditions need to be properly managed to improve people’s quality of life.

What Are Sleep Disorders?

Sleep Disorders are conditions marked by a lack of good quality sleep or rest. It may result from different factors, such as stress or a poor diet. It could also be caused by physical, mental problems, or pre-existing health conditions. The main issue is that it results in reduced functionality the next day. In addition, sleep disorders create various symptoms that negatively impact and deteriorate everyday performance, such as forgetfulness, irritability, anxiety, depression, morning headache, to mention a few.

At Premier Sleep and Neurology, you can get a Sleep disorder diagnosis in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Ashkin can help with whatever condition you may suffer regarding sleep.

6 Common Sleep Disorders

Doctors usually diagnose patients with sleep disorders in 7 common categories according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD). They include:

1. Insomnia

It is the most typical sleep disorder marked by inadequate or less sleep than needed. Insomnia comes in different types, which may go from mild to chronic. There are mainly three types – short-term insomnia, chronic insomnia, and mid-insomnia. The severity of this sleep disorder can negatively impact your well-being.

2. Breathing Sleep Disorder

Another common disorder associated with sleep is having irregular breathing patterns during the night, this is called Breathing Sleep Disorder. It comes in 4 different groups – Central Sleep Apnea Syndrome, Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, Hypoventilation Sleep Disorder, and Hypoxemia Sleep Disorder. One of the most common symptoms of this sleep disorder is Snoring – which could range between normal and abnormal.

3. Movement Sleep Disorder

You may not be aware that you are making movements in your sleep, another type of sleep-associated disorder. It comes in different forms, such as sleep cramps, restless legs, periodic limb movement, and periodic teeth grinding.

4. Parasomnias

Another disorder characterized by movements or expression of emotions during sleep is Parasomnias. It comes in two different forms – Non-Rapid eye Movement (sleepwalking, sleep eating) and Rapid-eye Movement (sleep paralysis).

5. Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorder

The circadian rhythm-influenced disturbance is also a sleep-wake disorder. This misalignment in your sleep cycle may be caused by changing factors such as work night shifts and jet lags. Most blind people suffer from the non-24-hour sleep-wake rhythm condition.

6. Narcolepsy or Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence

Narcolepsy (or Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence) is another major sleep disorder where people fall asleep during the day at places and times when it isn’t ideal.


Every other sleep disorder that cannot be put into the seven common categories above falls under the “Others” group. Some of these sleep disorders may be environment-influenced.

Sleep Disorder Treatment in Charlotte, NC | Premier Sleep And Neurology

If you have been suffering poor performance, irritability, or any of the many other detrimental symptoms that come from sleeping starvation, visit Dr. Ashkin at his clinic, Premier Sleep and Neurology. Dr. Ashkin has been board-certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine with years of experience and qualifications to diagnose and successfully treat sleep disorders. Book an appointment here or call (704) 412 7859.

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