Sleep disorder (somnipathy) is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person or animal. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning.
Sleep disorders include:
1. Insomnia is the inability to get a satisfactory amount or quality of sleep and is characterized by an inability to fall asleep, frequent arousal, or early morning awakening
2. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by a periodic compulsion to sleep during the daytime
3. Sleep Apnea is an upper respiratory sleep disorder in which the person stops breathing while asleep, which causes the sufferer to awake immediately and begin breathing again
4. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is the major complaint of individuals evaluated at sleep disorder centers. About one-third of adults report excessive sleepiness during the daytime.
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