Types of Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders have various causes. It cannot be overstated how important good night’s sleep is for a person’s health and overall well being. Sleep helps you organism repair and restore its regular functions. However, many people commonly experience various sleep disorders, which can have serious consequences for people’s health. In order to help them get more sleep, many people tend to use drugs, which, in turn, can have serious side-effects. On the other hand, natural medicine may offer less harmful alternatives, adjusted to people’s individual needs. Polls have shown that almost half of adults experience one or more symptoms of insomnia, one of the most common sleep disorders.

Symptoms of sleep disorders

Although recognizing sleep disorders is normally easy and intuitive, we bring some of the most common symptoms that should by all means be taken seriously if they appear. It is important to note here that simply not getting enough sleep does not necessarily mean you have a serious problem. Perhaps it would be good to monitor you sleeping habits and make sure you don’t confuse a temporary issue for a more serious sleep disorder. Some of the symptoms that should be considered are the following: a feeling of irritability during daytime, slower reactions than usual, frequent need for caffeine and/or caffeinated drinks in order to be able to function properly, experiencing difficulties in concentration, feeling tired or even falling asleep when driving, not easily keeping your emotions under control, etc. If you are experiencing some or even all of these symptoms, you may be suffering from one of the sleep disorders.

Common sleep disorders

There are various kinds of sleep disorders and some are more common than others. Unfortunately, physicians today normally don’t have a lot of (or any) training in recognizing such conditions, so they will often go unnoticed and undiagnosed. One of the most common sleep disorders is insomnia, which is a chronic condition in which the person suffering from it has difficulties falling asleep and/or staying asleep, with no other visible causes. Other frequently occurring disorders include: (1) bruxism – condition where a person’s teeth involuntarily grind or clench during sleep; (2) narcolepsy – manifests through excessive sleepiness during daytime, often with falling asleep not willingly and in inappropriate situations; (3) parasomnias – behaviours including unsuitable actions, such as sleep walking. There are many other sleep disorders, but these are most common and easily identifiable ones.

Curing sleep disorders

The easiest way of curing sleep disorders, which many people readily resort to, is taking sleeping pills. However, unless they are carefully prescribed by a competent doctor and taken with caution and according to the prescription, they may cause overdose or dangerous side effects. However, there are some very simple and easy steps you can take that can help you sleep and maybe even resolve some of the more mild sleep disorders: taking a warm bath just before going to sleep, stretching lightly or doing yoga before bedtime, not eating too late, reducing your intake of caffeine and alcohol and avoiding smoking, listening to soft, relaxing music before going to bed, and reserving your bedroom strictly for sleeping and intimacy. Keeping a healthy and relaxed lifestyle can generally reduce, or even remove your sleep disorders.

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