Sleep Disorders

Learn about sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcoplepsy, and restless leg syndrome, including prevention tips, triggers to avoid, and drug information to help cure sleep problems.

Tips to Help You Sleep Well With Incontinence

Can’t sleep through the night without waking up multiple times to use the bathroom? Here are steps you can take to help.

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A Blood Test for Drowsy Driving?

Researchers devised a computer algorithm that could be used to determine whether a blood sample came from a sleep-deprived person or a well-rested person.

By Diane Domina

The New Antidepressant on The Block Proves to Help With Sleep Disorders

Solriamfetol was initially developed as an antidepressant, but after patients saw an increase in wakefulness they thought, wait a second, would this help with sleep disorders such as narcolepsy? And they were right.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Why Narcolepsy and Eating Disorders Go Hand-in-Hand

It makes sense, really — sleep has a big influence on how hungry we feel and the type of food we choose to eat. So, when our sleep is erratic it can mess with our metabolism and urges to binge.

By Martin Reed

Why Does Sleep Loss Equal Weight Gain?

Sleep loss affects gene-expression and metabolism, which could explain how sleep disorders impact weight and increase the risk for diabetes and obesity.

By Diane Domina

Tips and Products to Help You Sleep During Menopause

Night sweats and hot flashes keeping you awake? These suggestions can help.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

9 Tips to Help Sleep With Bipolar

Respect your circadian rhythm is among Julie A. Fast’s tips for improving sleep when you're bipolar. Find out her other practical suggestions to help with sleep.

By Julie A. Fast

How Much Do You Know About Restless Legs Syndrome?

Spoiler alert — did you know that RLS is not a sleep disorder? It's actually a neurological disorder. Mind blowing, right?

By Martin Reed

Combat Your Narcolepsy With Diet

Loading up on foods high in hypocretin — a chemical in the brain responsible for keeping us awake — can help you ward off narcolepsy. Turn to trendy foods like kimchi, yogurt, and kombucha.

By Martin Reed

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea About RLS

Contrary to popular belief, restless leg syndrome does not occur during sleep, and it doesn't even affect just your legs. These facts may surprise you.

By Martin Reed

Missed Diagnosis: A Race Car Driver's Journey With Narcolepsy

How is it possible for someone to live with narcolepsy for years before being diagnosed? And considering all the symptoms that typically interfere with quality of life, how is it possible for a person not to seek a medical evaluation to identify a cl...

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Meet the Experts

Martin Reed

Patient Expert

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.

Eli Hendel, M.D.

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Eli Hendel, M.D., is a board-certified internist/pulmonary specialist with board certification in Sleep Medicine.

Stephanie Stephens

M.A., Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Martin Reed

Patient Expert

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.

Health News

Early to Bed, Early to Rise Equals Less Depression

Middle-aged and older women who naturally go to bed and get up early (early birds) are considerably less likely to be depressed, according to a new observational study.

"Diet" of Adequate Sleep May Reduce Sugar Intake

Too little sleep on a regular basis has been linked to a risk of developing obesity.

Why Too Much or Too Little Sleep Is Bad for Your Health

Results of a new study suggest that sleeping fewer than six hours a night or more 10 hours a night increases your risk for metabolic syndrome that increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.