What are the Common Sleep Disorders?

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“I’m so good at sleeping that I can do it with my eyes closed.” ~ Anonymous

Sleep can be elusive.

When you throw a sleep disorder on top of that, getting restful sleep at night can become a real chore.

What are the Common Sleep Disorders?

Here are the 5 Most Common Sleep Disorders to be on the Lookout For

1. Insomnia

Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. This can be caused by illness, chronic stress, fatigue, sadness or frustration, and many others.

When there is an apparent cause, the best thing to do is simply work on ridding yourself of the reason. However, it can be incredibly irritating when it’s unclear what’s causing insomnia.

In either case, adopting a good sleep hygiene routine can be very beneficial to preventing and treating insomnia.

2. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is when your breathing becomes disrupted during the night. A narrow, floppy throat most commonly causes it.

Apnea causes tons of micro “wake-ups” during the night. Sometimes the person who suffers from sleep apnea realizes they’ve woken up; other times, and they don’t. This disrupted sleep can lead to severe daytime sleepiness and low energy.

Most people who have sleep apnea also experience snoring.

3. Snoring

Snoring affects 40% of men and 20% of women regularly. Age and gaining weight can worsen symptoms.

As noted above, it’s common for those who snore to also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

A less commonly noted side effect of snoring is that it disrupts your partner’s sleep and your own.

4. Nightmares

Nightmares can cause people to become very anxious about going to bed. These dreams most commonly occur in children but can also happen in adults.

Poor sleep habits contribute to ongoing nightmares.

If this is an area of struggle for you, counseling could be a beneficial strategy along with improving your sleep habits.

5. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome is simply feeling uncomfortable in your legs. The only way for this discomfort to be resolved during the night is for the person suffering to move their legs around.

Sometimes, RLS is caused by the body not having enough iron. If this is a struggle for you, talk with your primary care physician to find a solution that works for you.

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Collin Adams

Collin Adams

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