(HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep is essential for good health, but certain conditions can keep you from getting the sleep you need.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes common sleep disorders and their characteristics:
- Insomnia, which involves difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up too early.
- Narcolepsy, which involves extreme sleepiness and sudden muscle weakness during the day, or suddenly falling asleep during the day.
- Restless legs syndrome, which involves an uncomfortable feeling of "creeping" in the legs. This may be accompanied by aches and pains in the legs.
- Sleep apnea, often characterized by snoring, involves interrupted sleep from sudden gasps or snorts. The condition may be dangerous since it can interrupt regular breathing.
-- Diana Kohnle
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