Some of the Most Common Sleep Disorders

In Sleep Disorders

September 4,2012
Sleep disorders cause sleep deficiency, which can lead to many different physical and emotional problems. Here are some of the most common sleeping disorders sleep experts try to help people with.
The most common sleep disorder is insomnia. Sleep experts believe that every person has at least one insomnia episode in a year’s time. There are two types of insomnia: initiating insomnia and maintenance insomnia. Initiating insomnia occurs when a person has been trying to fall asleep for more than 20 minutes. Maintenance insomnia relates to a person waking back up after the onset of sleep, and having a difficult time falling back to sleep.
Obtrusive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that causes the upper airway to collapse while asleep. This causes sufferers to gasp for breath during sleep, which usually wakes them up or interrupts their sleeping stages. Because of this, they tend to suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness. About 70 percent of sleep apnea sufferers are considered to be overweight. Almost all sufferers of this disorder have a soft palate that is enlarged or a facial bony structure that’s deficient.
The disorder has been known to cause increased risks of heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, hypertension, acid reflux disease, mood swings, personality changes, lower cognitive functioning, depression and snoring. It occurs in about 24 percent of adult men, and about 9 percent of adult women.
Insufficient Sleep Disorder
This can be caused by another disorder. But, one of the main causes of insufficient sleep disorder are busy lifestyles, sleep being disrupted by others and noises or excessive pain. It happens when a person gets less sleep than they need to function properly while awake, producing sleep deprivation. It leads to excessive daytime sleepiness.
Improving Sleep
If you suffer from any type of sleeping disorder, you need to take steps to improve your sleep efficiency. There are things you can do to fall asleep faster, sleep longer and spend more time in REM sleep, the deepest sleeping stage. Improving your sleeping environment will have a great effect on your quality of sleep. Here are three tips for better sleep:
Quiet Room- Make sure the room you sleep in is quiet. Double-paned glass windows can help to block out outside noises. Try turning off the TV at night, and getting rid of annoying, repetitive sounds, such as dripping faucets. If you’re a person who needs some type of sound to sleep well, try soft music or a CD with sounds of waterfalls and birds.
Dark Room– When you go to sleep at night, be sure to block out light coming into your windows. A flashing sign or streetlight shining into the room can have a negative effect on your sleep. Light is a major cause of sleep loss for people who work at night. Because they have to sleep during the day, their brains have a hard time shutting down during sunlight hours. Buy special drapes or blinds made to block outside light. You can also hang a dark blanket up to your windows to make the room as dark as night.
Comfortable Mattress– Having a bed that gives your body and head adequate support will definitely help you sleep better. A sleep study was conducted by Dr. Robert Troell, MD, FACS, professor at Stanford Sleep Disorders Center, the first US sleep clinic. During the sleep study, three types of beds were tested: Select Comfort, an air mattress, Tempurpedic, a memory foam mattress and Intellibed, a gel mattress. The results? The subjects of the sleep study had the most efficient sleep when they slept on the Intellibed Gel Mattress. They said that it gave them the best support to their bodies, and completely alleviated pressure points.

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