Snoring and Sleep Breathing Disorders If you snore loudly, awaken short of breath, find it hard to stay awake during the day, have many headaches or experience memory problems, you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea Syndrome which is characterized by snoring and recurrent pauses in breathing during sleep. The frequency of the breathing interruptions varies with the severity of the disorder. A person with a severe case of sleep apnea could stop breathing hundreds of times each night. Although sleep apnea can occur in any age group, it is most prevalent among men age 35-60 and women age 45-55.
Excessive Daytime Drowsiness/Sleepiness
An adequate amount of sleep should leave you feeling refreshed. Sometimes people find themselves drowsy or sleepy throughout the day due to a variety of causes.
People with narcolepsy have uncontrollable urges to sleep at inappropriate times. These "sleep attacks" can be accompanied by muscular weakness. Strong emotions (laughter, anger, surprise, sadness) may trigger these attacks.
Periodic Leg Movements
Periodic leg movements, sometimes associated with "restless legs," are involuntary movements or jerks of your legs that occur during sleep. This may disturb a restful sleep and often results in daytime sleepiness.
If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, or waking too early in the morning, you could be experiencing insomnia. An irregular sleep schedule, depression, medications, caffeine, anxiety, stress, or an undiagnosed medical problem may be the cause.
"Biological Clock" Disorders (Timing of sleep)
Sometimes the body's natural timekeeper or "biological clock" is out of sync with the demands of life. This causes one to feel sleepy and feel alert at the wrong time. This happens most often in teenagers, elderly, shift workers, or individuals who rapidly cross time zones.
Other Sleep Disorders
Other sleep disorders which may cause poor sleep quality or excessive daytime drowsiness or sleepiness are sleep walking, night tremors, teeth grinding, bed wetting, and shift work.