Sleep disorders can have a massive effect on a
person’s life and affect
pretty much every aspect of it. Whether it is periodical or chronic,
less serious or severe, a sleep disorder should be taken seriously and
the underlying causes should be determined, along with the ways to
Snoring and sleep
disordered breathing, sleepwalking,
your sleep and nightmares
can also be very disturbing to the
person sleeping next to you, and make them unable to get a good night’s
sleep. It's no surprise that the effects
of sleep deprivation can be devastating to someone's health.
of Sleeping Disorders
Most scientists will split sleep disorders into two main groups that
easier to find the cause of the issue and thereby determine the right
The core problem with insomnia is not being able sleep. It can be not
being able to fall asleep, for example due to sleep
anxiety, or it can be falling asleep, but waking up during
night, or waking up too early.
– when you can’t
Hypersomnia literally means that you sleep too much. If you are a
hypersomniac, you can sleep for many hours during the night and still
wake up feeling tired and fall asleep during the day.
– when you sleep too much:
list of less common issues falls
under these two categories.
Snoring, sleep talking, sleep walking, REM sleep disturbances and many
more can all disturb a person’s sleep and thus cause hypersomnia.
Insomnia can also be caused by a long list of factors, and can be due
to something as simple as caffeine.
As mentioned before, pretty much everybody has
experienced not being
able to sleep or not feeling rested after sleeping for a short period
of time. In some people, however, the sleep disorders are a constant
occurrence, and cause their ability to perform during the
day to be
causes of sleep disorders have been very well
scientists estimate that 10
to 15% of people suffer from some type of
sleeping disorder. Insomnia
seems to be much more frequent than
hypersomnia. Sleep disorders are more common in older people and happen
more to women than men. Of course the frequency and severity of the
disorders also varies a lot.
Common Causes of Sleeping Disorders
There are many causes of sleep disorders; some more frequent than
others. Very rarely, there can be a sign of mental illness or a symptom
pointing to a more serious condition. Much more often it is related to stress or
depression. Disorders due to stress, worry or other
everyday life are often fleeting and pose no threat to a person’s
Chronic disorders can, on the other hand, actually cause sleep
debt, and in the latter stages even stress and
depression, as well as be caused by them, which can lead to a vicious
circle that needs to be broken.
Curing these disorders often means curing the underlying causes, as
they are most often a symptom, not a condition in itself. Finding out
how to relieve stress or seeking professional help for depression, is
sometimes what it takes to make them problem go away.
modern lifestyle of
having a stressful job, being constantly online, uncommon work
patterns, bad eating habits and so on makes it much more common for
problems. People often feel like they get enough sleep,
but do not consider the quality of the sleep they actually get and the
effect it has on their everyday life.
Not creating the right conditions for a good
night’s sleep can cause
issues. Light, noise, being hungry or eating too much should all be
It is important to a create calm, relaxing environment to sleep in. Did
you know that certain sleeping
positions can also negatively influence your sleep hygiene?
There are many causes of sleep disorders, including:
- Habit created
Especially young people have a tendency to go
to bed too late.
Furthermore, the light from watching TV or looking at your computer can
trigger your brain into thinking that it is still daytime. Most people
experienced turning off the TV late, feeling lethargic, but then not
being able to sleep when finally going to bed.
Many types of medicine, as well as alcohol,
to go to sleep, but do
not let you enter the deep stages of sleep, necessary for the body to
regenerate, and get really well rested. If possible avoid them before
This light disturbance
is very likely the cause. Ideally you should turn off the electronics
as early as possible and pick up a book instead. Try to uphold a
steady, healthy sleeping pattern.
Eating too much sugar before bed can make you
produce too much of the
stress hormone cortisone,
which, while great for making you wake up in
the morning, has a negative effect on quality of sleep.
Such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Diseases such as night cramps, restless
others frequently cause sleep problems. Problems with your nasal
polyps can sometimes also be the cause of excessive snoring.
Sometimes people suffer
from chronic sleeping
disorders that seem to have no underlying cause. In these
cases it can be beneficial to learn various techniques that can help
promote relaxation and calm. Meditation
and yoga is proven to promote healthy sleep, as are
various breathing exercises. Natural remedies that relieve stress and
promote a healthy sleeping pattern can often be very beneficial to
people with these disorders.
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