Common sleep disorders

Many sleep disorders are more common than you might think. That's why it's important to know and pay attention to the symptoms and characteristics of disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and sleepwalking.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a common and dangerous condition characterized by an individual’s breathing repeatedly stopping and starting throughout the sleep cycle, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke as well as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, fatigue, liver problems and sleep-deprived partners.

Learn more about sleep apnea here.


Insomnia is a sleep disorder that prevents an individual from falling or staying asleep at night, which can lead to long-term health effects from a lack of sleep if the insomnia is not addressed.

Learn more about insomnia here.


Narcolepsy is a chronic condition involving overwhelming drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleeping during daily routines.

Learn more about narcolepsy here.

Restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move your legs at night due to a sudden and uncomfortable feeling in them.

Learn more about restless leg syndrome here.


Sleepwalking is a condition in which the individual walks, talks or performs activities from his or her daily routine while asleep.

Learn more about sleepwalking here.


How a Sleep Disorder may be diagnosed

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be affected by a sleep disorder, speak to your physician about the benefits of a sleep study. This type of testing monitors a patient during their regular sleep cycle to evaluate a range of factors that may affect sleep.

Studies are performed in our sleep centers in Columbia, Lewisburg, Waynesboro and Lawrenceburg with a physician's order. A home study option is also available. Learn more about sleep studies here.