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Sleep Disorder

What Is A Sleep Disorder?

A sleep disorder is a condition that hinders a person from getting enough restful sleep resulting in some dysfunction of his daytime activities or routines. Usually, individuals have spells of sleepiness during the day or may not be able to function fully well in his expected activities.

There are approximately eighty different disorders of sleep. But the most common ones are: sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy.

The Most Common Sleep Disorder(s)

Sleep apnea has now become the number one most common sleep disorder in the United States. It is when the throat muscles and tongue relax and block the airways to the lungs so that the person cannot breathe normally. It is like holding your breath for several seconds. Sleep apnea is usually associated with snoring, where the throat and tonsils vibrate to allow the airways to open up during sleep. Snoring could be a defense mechanism to enable the airways to open up. Some snorers do not suffer from sleep apnea.

Insomnia has become second to sleep apnea, characterized by difficulty getting sleep. The person keeps tossing all night. And when daytime comes, he or she may experience sleepiness spells. Restless legs syndrome is a rather weird sleep difficulty, where the person experiences some kind of anxiety during sleep and keeps moving his or her legs restlessly. Narcolepsy is more difficult to detect. It is gradually developed. Its main symptom is frequent daytime sleepiness associated with some central nervous system dysfunction. It is known to be hereditary.

Sleep Disorder Practical Tips

It is well for people have a healthy lifestyle. Smoking and drinking of should be eliminated. Sleep apnea is usually associated with being overweight, smoking and drinking. Choosing the right diet early on is critical. Also, having a positive outlook is necessary. Hence, being actively involved in religious endeavors and having regular spiritual nourishment is important. Insomnia is known to correlate with depression and anxieties.

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