You sit up in bed with a racing heart. You’re gasping and screaming, kicking, and shouting incoherently with your eyes wide open and straining. Your partner tries to calm you or wake you, but you brush them away with flailing arms. You bolt out of bed and run out of the room. Usually—after just a few minutes, or maybe 30 to 40—you come back, calmed, and return to sleep. But sometimes you’re found in another part of the house, curled up in the hallway or on the couch.
What is a parasomnia? Do you talk or walk in your sleep? Move your limbs or kick your spouse? Have vivid nightmares? Raid the refrigerator? Sleepwalk?
If the answer is yes to any of these, you may have a parasomnia. “Parasomnia” is defined as any abnormal behavior (with the exception of sleep apnea) that occurs at some point during sleep — while you’re in REM or non-REM sleep or when you’re falling asleep or waking up.
A home sleep test (HST) is a diagnostic test conducted in the patient’s home to confirm obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Other names for a home sleep test are home sleep study, home sleep apnea test, portable monitoring, and unattended sleep test.
No matter how much a CPAP machine may help you relieve your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), sooner or later most people get frustrated with using it. Putting this mask on your face every night, just to breathe—what a bother. Or you may think, “I’ve used it for a long time, can’t I go without it now?”
The Department of Transportation requires certain drivers to pass a physical examination before issuing the driver a DOT medical certificate. This certificate confirms that the driver can operate their vehicle efficiently and safely.
If you work a job with hours that fall outside the traditional 9 to 5 work day — for example, an overnight shift/graveyard shift, a double shift, or if your schedule rotates often — you may find yourself struggling with excessive daytime sleepiness or insomnia. If your problems sleeping or feeling rested are persistent or even daily, you may have what’s called shift work sleep disorder.
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