Catathrenia is a rare sleep disorder that usually affects adults. We spoke to Roxanne Valentino, M.D., medical director of the St. Thomas Center for Sleep in Nashville, Tenn., for one approach to the medical problems you or your loved one may suffer from when trying to sleep.
If you think you might have Catathrenia, use this as a reference point before getting personalized medical advice from your doctor or other accredited sleep expert. --Shellie Braeuner
Catathrenia is groaning during sleep. "You may never know you have catathrenia," says Dr. Valentino. "But your sleep partner will." She says it's more than just an added sound when exhaling. "People with catathrenia make long sustained sounds. They may be groaning, but their brains are completely asleep and they wake completely rested."
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Roxanne Valentino, M.D., earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University. She completed her residency at the Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship specializing in sleep medicine and neurophysiology. Dr. Valentino is certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in clinical neurophysiology.
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