Disorders: Valuable Information on Insomnia,
Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy & More
with Sleep Disorders, such as
Insomnia or Sleep Apnea, is often a frustrating and exhausting condition
to deal with. Sleep is a time when our body relaxes and repairs
itself. The lack of restorative sleep (sleep deprivation) can impact
a person’s work, ability to operate a vehicle, and social
activities, not to mention imparting a negative effect upon one’s
physical and mental wellbeing. The National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Strokes estimates that more than 40 million American
Adults experience some form of Sleep Disorder each year.
The National Sleep Foundation survey consistently shows that 50%
of American adults experience insomnia several times a week. A Sleep
Disorder is categorized as any difficulty with sleep such as: sleep
deprivation, difficulty falling or staying asleep, excessive sleeping,
and not feeling refreshed upon waking from a full night’s
rest. Sleep Disorders can develop due to a multitude of present
habits or conditions such as: the use of excessive caffeine or alcohol,
stress, a mood disorder (anxiety or depression), some pharmaceutical
medications, illness, obesity, smoking, non-conducive sleeping environment,
and an inconsistent sleeping pattern.
& Restless Leg Syndrome to Bed
There are more
than 100 types of Sleep Disorders in existence. Some of the more
common Sleep Disorders are: Insomnia,
Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnea, and Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic
Limb Movement Disorder.
The lack of high-quality
sleep is the primary definition of Insomnia. Insomnia can be either
a short-term or chronic condition that often requires some form
of treatment to assist in falling or staying asleep for the recommended
eight hours. Narcolepsy is a condition of your central nervous system’s
inability to regulate sleep, which can cause potentially dangerous
situations due to the uncontrollable sleep episodes. Sleep
Apnea is a breathing condition that interrupts a normal sleeping
pattern. This is often indicated by snoring, gasping, gagging, or
choking during sleep.
Restless Leg Syndrome
(RLS) and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder are both physical ailments.
RLS is a neurological condition that can cause an overwhelming sense
to keep your legs moving, which can also be present when you are
awake. This most often occurs when you are trying to relax. Periodic
Limb Movement Disorder is when your legs or feet experience a jerking
action that causes a disruption in your sleep.
The most common sleep disorder
treatment is medicinal, either with pharmaceuticals or homeopathic
medications. The pharmaceutical treatments can contain barbiturates
that are possibly habit-forming. To avoid pharmaceuticals, here
are some behavioral tips on how to obtain a great night’s
Limit caffeine and alcohol
consumption. Both can disrupt normal sleeping patterns.
Avoid exercises before bedtime
as this can stimulate the body.
Use your bed only for sleeping
and intimate relations. Avoid reading or watching TV in bed.
Ensure your bedroom is comfortable,
quiet, and inviting. Use room-darkening shades to filter out
any external lights.
Eat or drink foods containing
tryptophan such as turkey and milk. Tryptophan assists the brain’s
production of the relaxing chemical, serotonin.