Common Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders include, but are not limited to any medical conditions that usually prevent a person from having restful sleep. This may result in daytime sleepiness, as well as sleep dysfunction.
At this time, an estimated eighty types of different sleep disorders exist. However, the most common among these include: sleep apnea narcolepsy, insomnia, and restless legs syndrome.
Is a sleep disorder that involves having difficulties in staying or falling asleep. Experiencing daytime problems like fatigue, problems with concentration, mood, or sleepiness may cause poor performance and at times put you at risk of getting into accidents while driving or at work. Insomnia will vary in the number of times it occurs, as well as the frequency in which it occurs. In general, about 50% of all adults face occasional bouts of insomnia; 1 in 10 of these suffers from chronic insomnia. This condition can stem from psychiatric or medical conditions, or occur by itself.
It may be short term, also called adjustment or acute insomnia, or long term, lasting years. Adjustment insomnia may last from one night to a couple of weeks, while chronic insomnia occurs when the sufferer has at least three sleepless nights over the course of a week, repeatedly.
Restless Legs Syndrome
(or RLS) Is a sleep disorder which causes a rather intense and often uncontrollable compulsion to move the legs. Resting activities such as sitting for long periods, and laying down in bed and sitting for long, causes some sensations to move the legs. Restless legs syndrome basically occurs during the evening hours, thereby making the person have a hard time trying to sleep.
Is a neurological disorder that affects sleep regulation. It makes the sufferer unable to control sleep and wakefulness. Patients with narcolepsy usually experience intermittent, uncontrollable incidences where they fall asleep during the day. Such sleep attacks may happen regardless of the activity the person is involved in or time of day.