Sleep disorders can affect one’s relationships and mental strength. It is something more that just a condition of sleeplessness.
Sleeping Disorder – Symptoms
Common symptoms include:
Slow reactions Irritability Difficulty in staying awake while watching a movie or reading a book Tiredness Difficulty in concentrating Falling asleep or feeling tired while driving or operating machinery Tendency to nap at odd hours Regular emotional outbursts Constant urge to consume caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee to keep going.
Common Sleep Disorders Include:
Insomnia: It is the chronic inability to get quality sleep. Insomnia can be caused due to an altered sleep schedule, change in time zones, inactive lifestyle and acute stress. The good thing about insomnia is that it is not a permanent disorder and can be easily treated with medications and a change in lifestyle. Sleep Apnea: It is a serious sleep disorder that is even life-threatening at times. In sleep apnea, the breathing of the patient either gets very shallow or stops altogether. A typical pause in breathing can last from 10 to 20 seconds or even more. Loud snoring: It is not a threatening sleep disorder, but definitely one of the most irritating ones. Causes include physical factors like excessive weight, adenoids or tonsils, nasal blockage etc. Self help treatments, dental appliances, surgery and CPAP can solve the problem to a great extent. RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) and PLMS (Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep): The disorder involves an irresistible urge to move one’s limbs while in sleep. Medical conditions like kidney disease, Parkinson’s, anemia or pregnancy are some causes of the condition. Narcolepsy: A neurological sleeping disorder wherein an individual suffers from acute sleepiness. The disorder even makes the patient fall sleep suddenly or get up without any warning. The condition is generally genetic but can also result due to environmental factors. Treatment includes counseling, medication and behavioral modifications.
If you have observed any of the above symptoms in yourself or someone you know, then contact a doctor to rule out the possibility of sleep disorders.