Sleep Disorders Types, Symptoms, Causes, Treatments and Resources. Find the help you need to solve your sleep problems now!
More than likely, you’ve come to this website because you or someone close to you is having difficulty sleeping at night.
Welcome to the club. Pretty much everybody at some time in his or her life has trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking up too early in the morning.
If you’re experiencing regular sleep disturbances and find yourself feeling drowsy, fatigued or irritated during the day, you may have a sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders can go beyond just making you feel tired and run down during the day. They can also affect your general physical and mental health.
Sleep deprivation cannot only take its toll on your daily productivity, concentration, energy level and ability to cope with stress, but can also cause health problems that may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, obesity and diabetes. Many mistakes on the job and accidents have been attributed to lack of sleep as well.
Don’t worry, though, Sleep Disorders Place is here to supply you with helpful information and resources so you can take control of your situation and solve your sleep problems.
Below is a comprehensive list of sleep disorders. Click on a link to find more in-depth information on symptoms, causes, treatment and care:
- Insomnia Persistent difficulties in trying to fall asleep and/or remain asleep throughout the night.
- Restless Leg Syndrome An insistent urge to move one’s legs at night to stop uncomfortable feelings like aching, tingling, itching, burning, and more.
- Narcolepsy Repeated incidents of falling asleep unintentionally throughout the day.
- Sleep Apnea A serious condition where a sleeping person’s breathing frequently stops and starts. Constant, loud snoring can be an indication of this sleep disorder.
- Sleep Bruxism Grinding or tightly clenching teeth during sleep.
- Nocturia Frequently waking up at night with the need to urinate.
- Sleep Paralysis A person may be unable to move their body for up to several minutes upon awakening.
- Somnambulism (Sleepwalking)The act of walking or performing other activities during sleep.
- Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) Inability to fall asleep or wake up at times consistent with the general population.
- Sleep Enuresis (Bedwetting)Involuntary urination while sleeping.
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) Involuntary, jerking movements of arms and/or legs while sleeping.
- Jet Lag Sleep disturbance due to flying through time zones in an airplane.
- Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD) Sleep disturbance common to people working night shifts due to Circadian Rhythm disruption.
- Hypersomnia Excessive sleepiness during the day.
- Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS) A condition where someone goes to sleep earlier and wakes up earlier than the normal population.
- Nightmares Frightening nighttime dreams.
- Night Terrors This condition, which mostly affects children, is characterized by abrupt awakenings accompanied by panic and screaming.
- Cataplexy Muscle weakness triggered by an event or emotion.
- Catathrenia Holding one’s breath and groaning while asleep.
- Somniloquy Talking in your sleep.
- Rhythmic Movement DisordersThis sleep disorder affects mostly children below the age of one. While lying flat on their back, or rocking on hands and knees, the child will smack their head on a pillow with exaggerated force.
- REM Sleep Behavior Disorder A person will ‘act out’ their dreams with occasional violent behaviors that may include grabbing, punching, kicking, yelling and jumping out of bed.
- Confusional Arousals After waking up, people will display confusion and have extremely slow reactions to stimuli and personal interactions with little or no memory of events the next day.
- Hypopnea Syndrome When an individual frequently stops breathing or has shallow breathing while asleep.
- Altitude Insomnia Sleep difficulties due to high altitudes and low air pressure.
And more to come…
- Exploding Head Syndrome (Honest, I did not make this up!)Being awakened by the sound of loud noises inside one’s head.
- Nocturnal Leg CrampsSpasmodic contractions usually of the calf muscles during sleep.
- Nocturnal Paroxysmal Dystonia (NPD)Sufferers experience seizure-like episodes while asleep.
- Nocturnal Sleep Related Eating DisorderA person preparing and eating a meal while asleep.
- Non-24-hour Sleep Wake Syndrome This sleep disorder takes place when a person’s body clock is not adjusting to the normal 24-hour cycle, potentially resulting in a different sleep/wake cycle every day.
- Sleeping Sickness An often fatal disease caused by the bite of a Tsetse fly. Unless you live in Africa, you can scratch this one off your worry list.
- Somniphobia The fear of going to sleep.
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