Sleep Disorders Information

If you're not getting enough shuteye, are sleep disorders a possible culprit? Sometimes the reason you are not getting eight hours of sleep is as simple as stress or too much caffeine, but if the common adjustments don't help, talk to your doctor about these common sleep disorders.

Sleep Apnea
One of the most common sleep disorders, sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed because snoring is a major symptom. It turns out that a strong snore isn't always just something to aggravate your partner. Those who suffer from sleep apnea wake several times throughout the night making snorting or gasping noises, causing them to feel sleepy throughout the day from the lack of restorative sleep.

Insomnia
This common sleep disorder can present itself in many forms: trouble falling asleep, waking up too early, feeling fatigued each morning, feeling daytime sleepiness, waking up several times throughout the night or trouble with mood and concentration. In the short term, insomnia can be caused by simple issues, including too much caffeine, illness, stress or medication. But when the inability to get to sleep or stay asleep goes on too long, a sedative or new sleeping ritual is in order.

Restless Leg Syndrome
This condition causes aches and pains in the leg, which often peak in the evening causing extra trouble at bedtime. In order to relieve the feelings, individuals often have the urge to move or kick their legs and feet while they sleep. Often common in middle age and older adults, RLS can cause sleepers to wake numerous times throughout the night.

Narcolepsy
Sudden muscle weakness and excessive daytime sleepiness are the indicators for narcolepsy. Moments of strong emotion or surprise can cause what's known as a sleep attack and can even occur when walking or performing another physical activity. Scheduled naps can help reduce the disease's disruption.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders
When your body clock or circadian rhythms become unbalanced, you can expect to have trouble sleeping. Your internal clock could get disrupted due to jet lag, shift work or a schedule that requires you to fall asleep or get up too early or too late.

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