The Different Types Of Sleep Disorders

The Different Types Of Sleep Disorders
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Whether in play or in work, one will not be there a hundred percent if his mind & body are tired for a lack of sleep. He will not have the necessary focus and concentration in order to play his best or work with all he can. He will not be very effective with anything he does - as his mind may still be disoriented and dazed. His body will feel fatigued and he will not have the right physical condition to carry out tasks and activities efficiently.

Sleep deprivation will cause you to feel irritable during daytime. Your memory will not work to your advantage and you seem unable to make your mind work. Your reaction will be slow both mentally and physically. You may also not want to want to interact socially as your mood prevents you from enjoying the company of others.

There are many sleep disorders among the most common includes insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movements in sleep. Each differ in how they affect the individual with the sleep disorder - and each case should be treated differently.

With the case of insomnia for example, one will have difficulty sleeping at night. One will also usually awaken at night with this sleep disorder. Insomnia may be short-term or a chronic type. Possible causes include poor bedtime habits, certain medical conditions and stress. With such a case, remedies include subscribing to ideal bedtime practices and by relaxation techniques.

Sleep apnea is one sleep disorder wherein your breathing stops during sleep. It will take around 15 seconds before one starts to breathe again. This will occur however at around 25 times per hour leaving you with a very low quality of sleep. An effect of sleep apnea is the lower amount of oxygen that your body will get. Some causes of sleep apnea are obesity, smoking, enlarged tonsils and nasal congestion. Treatments include addressing your weight problems, avoiding alcohol right before sleep and sleeping on your side. One may also opt for oral devices or the types of continuous positive airway pressure devices.

Narcolepsy is one wherein the concerned individual has difficulty staying a wake even though you may have had enough sleep the night before. This adversely affects your daily life your schooling, work and your extra curricular activities. Narcolepsy is one that stays with you throughout your lifetime. With certain approaches, one can address narcolepsy in order to improve the negative effects of this condition. Medications commonly used here are antidepressants and stimulants. With improved lifestyle changes and a good diet along with said medications, you will be positively aiding in bettering your condition.

With restless leg syndrome (RLS), you will not feel comfortable keeping your feet steady during sleep. You will have that urge to move - and only by moving around will you eliminate the discomfort. Others will dismiss this as restlessness - when in fact they already have RLS. RLS is basically a central nervous system disorder however this may also surface when you have anemia, thyroid problems and diabetes. Treatments for RLS include electrical stimulation and some drugs to suppress muscle contractions.

As with any health condition or problem, a sleep disorder needs to be referred to your physician especially if this comes in the way of being effective in your work and has been a nuisance in your normal lifestyle. It is best to keep a sleep diary so that you can document your sleep patterns and experiences. You may also want somebody to take note of his or her observations when you sleep. Your doctor will be able to use the information you have in your sleep diary, in coming up with a treatment suitable for your condition.

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Patricia said...

Excellent article! 5 Stars! Will be of help to many with sleep problems.