Insomnia sleep disorder is where a person has a difficult time going to sleep which may lead to that individual
not sleeping for days on end. It is a relatively common disorder that can affect people of all ages for varying
amounts of time. Usually its effects last for only a few nights, but it is possible for the symptoms to continue
for months and even years.
Insomnia sleep disorder can be caused by several factors, including psychiatric problems, continual stress, use
of drugs or alcohol, a lack of exercise, excessive noise or light, and certain physical illnesses. If your sleep
has been disturbed for more than a few weeks and interferes with your ability to function normally during the day,
consult your doctor or make an appointment at a reputable sleep disorder clinic to get some treatment.
Narcolepsy is a rare type of sleeping disorder that can have a devastating impact on a person's life. There is
no known cure for it, but proper treatment can help victims lead normal lives.
The symptoms of narcolepsy can appear suddenly or slowly. The most common indication is excessive daytime
sleepiness, and the constant feeling of exhaustion that can in turn cause the sufferer to fall asleep anywhere and
at any time and without notice.
Cataplexy, another condition associated with narcolepsy, is characterized by a rapid loss of muscle control,
often leading to sudden collapse.
Another symptom of narcolepsy is sleep paralysis, a condition defined by an inability to move or speak despite
complete consciousness. A third symptom of narcolepsy involves hypnologic hallucinations, strange dreamlike
episodes that are characterized by a lack of physical control and a nightmarish sensation that a prowler or strange
animal is present. These "waking dreams" are especially disturbing because they are often mistaken for mental
RLS- Restless Leg Syndrome
People experience restless legs syndrome in many ways, but it is almost always described as an uncomfortable
sensation in the legs when sitting or lying still. The pain is usually felt in the calves and sometimes can be
temporarily relieved by stretching. The constant need to stretch, however, often leaves the sufferer unable to fall
A similar disorder known as Periodic Limb Movement Disorder can also be just as problematic. PLMD is caused by
involuntary movements of the legs and arms. These movements tend to occur when asleep with many sufferers being
totally unaware of the movements. Episodes can occur at regular intervals, usually every 30 seconds or so during
the initial phases of sleep. Although rare, those who suffer from PLMD can be awakened by their involuntary
movements, leading to a sensation of excessive drowsiness during waking hours.
Before treating RLS, it is important to determine whether underlying causes, such as anemia, diabetes,
arthritis, or lung disease, are responsible for the onset of symptoms. Many of those suffering restless leg
syndromes have found relief with hot baths or leg massages. Those suffering periodic limb movement disorder usually
sleep right through their symptoms and require little or no treatment
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that can result in death if not properly treated. The disorder involves the
repeated collapse of the windpipe, which causes a sleeper to awaken slightly due to shortness of breath. People who
suffer from sleep apnea often experience daytime drowsiness, poor performance at work and depression. One of the
most common and most frightening effects is that you literally stop breathing when this happens.
Experts say that sleep apnea occurs when muscles in a persons throat relax excessively during sleep. Once
diagnosed, treatment can help prevent or reverse the symptoms. These treatments can include sleep position
training, weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, using special oral or nasal appliances, or
surgery. Sleep apnea is one of the most dangerous and potentially deadly sleep disorders and should be treated as
soon as possible.
Heartburn - Acid Reflux
GERD or Gastro esophageal reflux otherwise known as heartburn, is characterized by burning chest pain. Another
typical symptom is a sensation of food coming back into the mouth with a bitter, acidic taste. This disorder can
also be accompanied by asthmatic breathing, coughing and hoarseness. Occasionally, gastro esophageal reflux can
mimic the symptoms of a heart attack, and is often mistaken for one hence the reason for the common heartburn name.
This disorder is caused by acid "backing up" into the esophagus during sleep, a condition that can be treated with
either medication or natural remedies.