Get a Good Night’s Rest
Robert Piasecki, DO, is board-certified in sleep medicine and treats patients experiencing the following conditions:
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that involves the central nervous system. People with narcolepsy may have sleep attacks that come on without warning. Narcolepsy often shows up in younger people, but can also appear later in life.
You may have any of the following symptoms:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), when you want to sleep all day long.
• Sleep attacks that occur without warning and are hard to resist.
• Cataplexy, a sudden loss of muscle control or tone. It is often triggered by stress or emotion, such as laughter, fear, or anger.
• Sleep paralysis, a feeling of not being able to talk or move for a short time. It may occur when a person is falling asleep or waking up.
• Hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations, certain images, sensations, or sounds that occur when a person is falling asleep (hypnagogic), or waking up (hypnopompic).
• Other symptoms, such as insomnia, fatigue, poor memory and concentration, or depression.
Patients who suffer from insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. They may also wake up during the night or too early in the morning. It is one of the most common sleep complaints. About 1 in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia that last a few days at a time. Common symptoms of insomnia:
- Frustration and preoccupation with your lack of sleep
- Physical aches and pains, such as headaches and stomachaches
- Impaired performance at work
- Daytime drowsiness or low energy
- Difficulty paying attention
- Tension and irritability
- Depression and mood swings
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
RLS is a creeping, crawly, or jumpy feeling in the legs with an urge to move them. Symptoms of RLS often occur during periods of inactivity, such as when you sit or lie down at night. This discomfort can keep you from falling asleep. RLS is more common in older people and tends to run in families. Overuse of caffeine or alcohol may make symptoms worse. Iron deficiency, diabetes, or kidney problems can contribute to RLS.
Sleepwalking refers to a type of sleep disorder that involves walking while in a deep sleep. But despite the name, sleepwalking can actually refer to more than that.
The term can also be used for doing other activities while deep in sleep, such as sitting up in bed, opening the refrigerator, preparing food, or even driving while asleep. But walking around the house while in deep sleep is one of the most common types of sleepwalking.
Sleepwalking can be dangerous not only to the person who is sleepwalking, but to others in the home. Because the person is in deep sleep throughout the episode, he or she usually will not have any memory of the activity.