Sleep Disturbances

Sleep disturbances are a common and frustrating issue faced by many people. Oftentimes, the exact cause goes unnoticed for years. It has been said that sleep disturbances may stem from physical, mental, or spiritual problems. This is certainly a nice theory to consider when trying to figure out the problem. It allows us to evaluate what part of our lives may be out of balance and to take corrective measures to remedy the problem. It is simply an affliction like any other human experience that needs the root cause to be treated. Just treating the symptoms with medication doesn’t treat the root cause.

Sleep disorders are conditions that result in changes in the way that you sleep. Some of the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders include excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular breathing, or increased movement during sleep. Other signs and symptoms include an irregular sleep and wake cycle and difficulty falling asleep.

Some common types of sleep disorders include: Insomnia, in which you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night. Sleep apnea, in which you experience abnormal patterns in breathing while you are asleep. There are several types of sleep apnea. Restless legs syndrome (RLS), is a type of sleep movement disorder. Restless legs syndrome, also called Willis-Ekbom disease, causes an uncomfortable sensation and an urge to move the legs while you try to fall asleep. Narcolepsy is a condition characterized by extreme sleepiness during the day and falling asleep suddenly during the day{}.

Parasomnia should also be mentioned. This includes sleepwalking (somnambulism), night terrors (pavor nocturnus), nightly bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis), nightly teeth grinding (bruxism), and periodic myoclonic episodes (cramp-like twitches during sleep). These can have organic, physical causes or mental causes and they should be examined by a medical doctor. (Limb twitches while falling asleep is very common and not a cause for concern {}.

Treatments of sleep disturbances depend on type and severity.

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