What Are Some Common Types of Sleep Issues

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Did you know that humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep? But some people are unfortunately sleep-deprived due to certain sleep disorders. The human body adapts to our lifestyle changes and creates a circadian rhythm of a sleep/wake cycle. Sleep disorder treatments are needed when this circadian rhythm cycle is disrupted by jet lag, adjustments to shift work, delayed sleep, oversleeping, etc.

Some of the common types of sleep disorders that occur are:

Insomnia

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder where around 10% of people have experienced chronic insomnia. It is a sleep disorder that results in sleep deprivation where the person stays awake for long hours during the night.

Medical Causes of Insomnia:
  • Chronic pain
  • Asthma
  • Tumors
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Genetic
Psychological Causes of Insomnia:
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
Symptoms of Insomnia Are:
  • Non-restorative sleep
  • Low energy
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Irritability, aggression, impulsive behavior
  • Forgetfulness
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Mood swings

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the second most common sleep disorder. Sleep apnea occurs during the night when the upper respiratory system is blocked completely or partially for few seconds, interrupting regular breathing. This irregular breathing wakes you up causing trouble in sleeping peacefully.

Causes of Sleep Apnea:
  • Supine sleeping
  • Obesity
  • Sinusitis
  • Large neck circumference
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Menopause
  • Large tonsils
  • Smoking
  • Genetic
  • Recessed-chin/overbite
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Loud snoring
  • Sudden gasps or grunts
  • Waking up several times at night
  • Waking up with a dry mouth and sore throat
  • Heartburn

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that constantly causes an urge to move the legs while at rest. Women are more likely to suffer from RLS during pregnancy. People with RLS experience a strange and unpleasant sensation in their legs and feet causing them to move their legs persistently.

Causes of RLS:
  • Excessive intake of caffeine or alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress
  • Iron deficiency/Anemic
  • Low dopamine levels
Long-Term Conditions That Trigger RLS:
  • Kidney diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Underactive Thyroid gland
Symptoms of RLS:
  • Mild sensations in the legs
  • Painful cramping sensations in the calves
  • Involuntary twitching of the leg during sleep
  • Repetitive leg movements while sitting
  • Inability to sit for long durations

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is yet another neurological disorder that disrupts the brain’s ability to control the sleep/wake cycle. People with narcolepsy fall asleep unexpectedly during various time-intervals during the day. This provokes chronic daytime sleepiness. This sleep disorder can occur anytime and anywhere, even in the middle of simple activities such as speaking or texting.

Causes of Narcolepsy:
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Major psychological stress
  • Hormonal changes during puberty and menopause
  • Genetic
  • Infection such as swine flu
Narcolepsy Can Develop After:
  • Head injury
  • Brain tumor
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Encephalitis
Symptoms of Narcolepsy:
  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Doubled vision
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory issues
  • Depression

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, you can receive quality sleep with sleep disorder treatments and medications. Just visit your nearest GP to receive proper medication and the prescriptions can simply get it delivered to your doorstep by us!

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