Sleep Disorders Problems

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What causes RLS, is there a cure for RLS?

What causes RLS? In July of 2007, researchers discovered a gene variant for RLS, which helps explain why it may be traced through generations in families. Researchers believe this gene increases one’s risk for a type of hereditary RLS, known as primary or familial RLS. Is there a cure for RLS? There is currently no cure for RLS. However, in most cases RLS symptoms can be controlled through lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and medical treatments as appropriate.

Teeth Grinding - Treatment

Often, minimizing stress can alleviate symptoms of sleep bruxism among adults and symptoms often disappear on their own in children. For severe and persistent bruxism, a dentist may prescribe an oral appliance made of soft plastic to protect the teeth. Self-directed therapies, such as jaw-aligning exercises, may also help.

Reviewed by David G. Davila, MD (December 2009).

Teeth Grinding - Symptoms

Symptoms of sleep bruxism include:

  • Worn down teeth
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Sore gums, teeth, jaw, and face

The severity of these symptoms can vary. Some may experience interrupted sleep during the night. High stress levels and anxiety are linked to bruxism.

Reviewed by David G. Davila, MD (December 2009).

Pain and Sleep

Is pain keeping you awake? Find out why pain affects sleep and what you can do to sleep better.

Snoring and Sleep

Have you been told you snore? Learn why it happens and how you can stop it.

Sleepwalking

Have you ever woken up somewhere not knowing how you got there? You may have walked there in your sleep! Learn more about sleepwalking about how to prevent it.

Sleep Aids and Insomnia

Insomnia can take a toll on all aspects of your life, not just your sleep. The good new is that there are plenty of medical treatment options. Find out more about them and talk to your doctor to see which one might be a good fit.

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and Sleep

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic sensorimotor disorder that is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are at rest. The urge to move the legs is usually, but not always, accompanied by unpleasant sensations. It is less common but possible to have RLS symptoms in the arms, face, torso, and genital region. RLS symptoms occur during inactivity and they are temporarily relieved by movement or pressure.

Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep

Do you often experience muscle twitches in your sleep? You may have periodic limb movements disorder! Learn more about PLMD and what treatment options are available.

Sleep Apnea and Sleep

Do you think you might have sleep apnea? Learn more about sleep apnea and what treatment options are available.

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