Sleep disorders (or, somnipathy) are often serious. It needs your attention. It’s considered as a medical disorder that may seriously interfere with your physical, mental and emotional function.
Do you know? –
At least 40 million Americans suffer from long-term (chronic) sleep disorders?
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Perhaps you are no exception. Avoiding the major sleep disorders will eventually give rise to more sleep problems. They can negatively interfere with your work output, driving and other social activities.
70+ Sleep Disorders have been reported by Medical Doctors. Quick and proper diagnosis can help one to overcome these sleep problems effectively and successfully.
Most common sleep disorders include- insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy.
Signs of Sleep Disorder-
- You often don’t feel well-rested after sleeping 7-8 hours (adults)
- It takes more than 30 minutes for you to sleep regularly
- You need stimulants to remain active at day-time everyday
- You feel that you are unable to move just after waking up
- You cannot remain asleep for a long time
- If snore, make choking sound, snort etc. while asleep
- Consult your doctor for more
Sleep Disorder #1: Insomnia.
Insomnia is a type of sleeping problem which does not let you sleep quickly when you’re at bed and prevents you from staying asleep. Almost everyone faces a short-term Insomnia in his/her life. 60 million Americans are afflicted with short-term and long-term (chronic) Insomnia.
Insomnia is likely to increase with the increase in age and affects 40% women and 30% men. You can learn more about Insomnia.
You can easily avoid developing chronic Insomnia by adapting yourself with best sleeping habits.
Sleep Disorder #2: Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea causes abnormal and long pauses in breathing during sleep. Fat buildup and loss of muscle tone (at the time of growing old or aging) can stimulate Sleep Apnea . Your windpipe is permitted to collapse during breathing by these changes at the time of muscle relaxation during sleep. Loud Snoring follows this problem (obstructive sleep apnea). But, it doesn’t necessarily mean that any snoring man/ woman is affected with sleep apnea. Now, Sleep Apnea is as common as Asthma and it is estimated that more than 12-18 million Americans have Sleep Apnea.
Malfunction of neurons (that control breathing) can stimulate Sleep Apnea during sleep.
Factors that make you vulnerable to Sleep Apnea
- Excess weight gain – the surplus flat tissue around your neck makes it difficult for your throat area to remain opened.
- Sleep Apnea can be hereditary
- Inflamed tonsils/ adenoids
- Congestion, followed by allergies, can make the airway slender
Natural Remedy of Sleep Apnea
Sleep on your side instead of on your back– Sleeping on your side will ensure the reductions of the amount of upper airway collapse during you sleep. Try to sleep facing the right side with the knees a bit tilted.
Avoid alcohol, smoking, sleeping pills, sleeping supplements– They make it tougher for the airways to remain open. The breathing pauses become more long and severe by the use of sedatives. Tobacco smoke irritates the upper airway and fuels the intermittent collapse of the upper airway.
Lose some weight– You can help yourself see improving results with little loss of weight.
Sleep Disorder # 3: Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy (or, dyssomnia) is a chronic sleeping disorder that stimulates excess sleepiness or frequent day-time sleep attacks. It can develop in any age but adolescents or young adults are more vulnerable to this.
About 250,000 Americans are affected by Narcolepsy. Less than 50,000 are diagnosed. People with Narcolepsy fall directly into REM stage of sleep which is filled with dreams.
People with Narcolepsy may lose their control over the muscle during emotional situations (cataplexy), hallucinations, poor-quality or disrupted night time sleep and momentary (temporary) paralysis at the time of awakening. The dreams which they see are so vivid that it’s tough differentiate with reality.
Home Remedy: Doctors recommend that people affected with Narcolepsy should take short sleep (naps) for 10-15 minutes twice or thrice, if circumstances allow. It controls excess daytime sleepiness.
There are many other sleep disorders,
– Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
– Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
– Parasomnias (Abnormal Arousals)
You can avoid these sleep disorders to lead a much better life by adopting some simple practices that help me sleep.
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