Sleeping Disorder

Obstructive sleep apnea
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Many people have sleeping problems these days. In some part it is due to our twenty-four hour society and it other parts it is due to our large consumption of caffeine and sugars. With all the problems out there, it is a good idea to look at the various different types of sleep disorders.

Restless leg syndrome is a disorder that causes and uncontrollable and often overwhelming urge to move limbs. Most often it is found in patients with peripheral neuropathy, iron deficiency, chronic, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease or during pregnancy. In some cases it can be genetic. Typically it is described as a creeping, aching, pulling, bubbling or tingling sensation and it may last for up to an hour. There are no known cures so treatments include baths, massages and gentle stretching.

Sleep apnea is typically characterized as an inability to breathe throughout the night. The person might be heard gasping for air, choking or even snoring. A person with sleep apnea commonly does not feel refreshed in the morning or after a nap. Older men who are overweight are typically at the most risk, but sleep apnea can effect otherwise healthy women and children as well.

When someone has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep for any length of time, they are probably suffering from insomnia. Insomnia can be caused by a disruption in sleep habits, stress, or even just the consumption of specific foods. Often this condition is temporary and will work it self out, but there are sleep aids available if necessary.

Sleep eating is a disorder that some specialists not only consider a sleeping disorder, but also an eating disorder. The sufferer’s sleepwalking and nocturnal overeating characterize sleep eating. Similar to sleepwalkers, these people are at risk for self-injury and are unaware of their behavior. They may or may not feel drowsy throughout the daytime. This condition is relatively rare. To treat sleep eating, one must figure out the underlying cause and treat that first.

Narcolepsy is more of an uncontrollable urge to fall asleep, especially after eating. Many times the person suffering from narcolepsy has a much more difficult time staying awake, especially for long periods of time. Sometimes, patients with narcolepsy will fall asleep during an activity or even in the middle of a conversation unexpectedly. Typically, there is no rhythm as to when these occurrences may happen.

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