Common Sleep Disorders By Age


Here we are going to breakdown what the common Sleep disorder is per age group. This is will help us get an idea of an appropriate diagnosis, give you an insight as to what may be the source of your problem, or what to watch out for as you progress in your life. We will, over time, here at Paradise Sleep cover each one of these in depth. But this is just an introduction to the many types of disorders and which age group they normally effect.


Common Pediatric Sleep Disorders

• Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
• Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
• Behavioral Insomnia of Childhood
• Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
• Restless Legs Syndrome
• Narcolepsy
• Parasomnias – Sleep Walking, Sleep Talking, Night Terrors

Quick Note:

One problem with Pediatric Restless Legs Syndrom is that pediatric patients cannot express the classic symptoms, and RLS is a clinical diagnosis, not a diagnosis that can be made by Polysomnogram (one type of  Sleep Study).

Essential features of RLS (Restless Legs Syndrom) are:

1. Patient reports urge to move the legs, usually accompanied by an uncomfortable sensation to legs.
2. Urge to move worsens with rest/inactivity.
3. There is relief of the symptoms by movement, walking, or mental activity.
4. The unpleasant sensations are worse at night.

However these ICSD-2 (International Classification of Sleep Disorders, Second Edition) criteria are for patients of age older then 12 years of age. For Pediatric RLS, 2-to-12 years of age, the diagnosis is supported by sleep disturbance for age, family history of RLS, and other sleep related factors.

Common Adult Sleep Disorders

• Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
• Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome
• Periodic Limb Movements Disorder
• Shift Work Sleep Disorder
• Restless Legs Syndrome
• Insomnia
• Narcolepsy
• Idiopathic Hypersomnia

Common Geriatric Sleep Disorders

• Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
• Periodic Limb Movements Disorder
• Advanced Phase Sleep Syndrome
• REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
• Restless Legs Syndrome
• Insomnia

Peter Mansbach, President of Circadian Sleep Disorders Network, notes: “It has been estimated that half a million American adults suffer from Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, and another 90,000 from Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder. Which can greatly disrupt people’s lives and destroy their careers.”

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Common Sleep Disorders In Women

• Insomnia
• Leg Cramps
• Nightmares
• Restless Legs Syndrome
• Sleep Related Eating Disorder
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
• Sleep Problems during Pregnancy


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