Sometimes it takes a little knowledge to get the best possible night’s rest. And a good night’s rest can affect all parts of your life, from your short-term and long-term health to your happiness and success. Here are some of the most common sleep disorders you should know about and address in order to get the best possible night’s sleep.
Insomnia may be the most common sleep disorder, second to only night sweats. However, what exactly is insomnia? It is, quite simply, when you find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Since this is a pretty broad phenomenon, insomnia is often considered to be secondary insomnia, which means that is the result of another primary condition, whether medical or psychological common sleep disorders.
Primary insomnia occurs when no underlying physical or psychological cause can be determined. It is important to note that most people won’t call it clinical insomnia until it impairs your normal functioning, but that is often too late. So see your doctor soon if you really believe you are suffering from insomnia.
Bruxism, which can happen all day long and not just while you are asleep, is another common sleep disorder. It is simply when you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep. This may sound innocent enough, but it can lead to long-term consequences such as constant headaches, back pain, hypertension and of course a litany of dental problems.
Bruxism is often categorized as a habit rather than a medical condition, but unless that habit is broken or addressed, the habit can lead to more consequential medical conditions. Often time bruxism can be addressed through a dental bite guard. Despite being considered a habit, it is still clinically referred to as a sleep disorder.
Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), which is sometimes referred to as Wittmaack-Ekbom syndrome, occurs when you experience a strong compulsion to move your body or limbs to appease uncomfortable physical sensations. It usually is accompanied with a mild form of anxiety.
While most people manifest RLS through their legs, it can actually occur with any part of the body. People who have limbs amputated may even experience it in phantom limbs.
It usually occurs as burning, tickling or itching. It rarely involves sensations more serious or painful than that burning, tickling or itching. However, it can still cause anxiety and disrupt your sleep, thus it can be a significantly disruptive sleep disorder.
Sleep apnea, or more precisely obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when there is some form of cessation of breathing while you sleep. Sometimes people with sleep apnea may stop breathing for up to a full minute, thought it is more common for it to last about thirty seconds.
The condition leads to an inability to obtain a sufficient amount of deep sleep, and thus leads to serious consequences in day-to-day life.
Sleep apnea is often accompanied by heavy snoring. Middle aged men and people who are overweight are most likely to experience sleep apnea. It is often caused by an overly relaxed and sometimes swollen tongue. It can be very serious if left untreated so if you suspect you are suffering from sleep apnea, I urge you to consult a medical doctor.
By better understanding these sleep disorders, you can address them and their impact on your quality of sleep. And thus, you can seek a better quality of life.