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Excessive sleep disorders

Do you have trouble sleeping through the night? If you do, there is a good chance you are suffering from some type of sleep disorder. Some things that interrupt sleep are temporary and nothing to be concerned about, but when your sleep patterns and interruptions cause disruption night after night, that is when you should consider seeing a doctor, especially if it is affecting your waking life. If you feel emotional changes, have changes in daily ability to carry out normal activities, or are experiencing physical changes, you may have somnipathy--the technical name for sleep disorder.

Sleep disorders symptoms

  • Snoring
  • Stop breathing during sleep
  • Choking in sleep
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up several times a night
  • Feeling moody or irritable
  • Feeling tired even after a normal amount of sleep
  • Feeling foggy or not very alert during the day
  • Reliance on caffeine or other stimulants to stay awake


Types of sleep disorders

There are 3 primary sleep disorders that many people suffer from yet fail to address with their doctor- each of these can be dangerous sleep disorders--

Sleep disorder Insomnia- either be short term or a chronic this can also be early symptoms of another sleeping complaint or medical condition.

Sleep disorder Sleep Apnea- This is more than just snoring. Apnea is a condition that actually causes you to stop breathing for several seconds. Depending on the cause, Apnea can be dangerous to the point of being fatal. It should not be ignored.

Sleep disorder Narcolepsy- this condition causes a person to fall asleep without a warning. It is a neurological problem caused by a lack of hypocretin, the chemical compound in the brain that tells us when to wake or sleep.

Sleep disorder treatments

Other minor sleeping disorders include snoring, RLS (restless-leg syndrome), and PLMD (periodic-limb movement disorder). If you experience a sleeping disorder you should talk to your doctor. They will test your sleeping habits and give you a diagnosis based on the sleep study results. Sometimes the cure is as simple as losing weight or changing the type of mattress you sleep on. Other times you may need a cpap sleep machine, a prescription, or surgery for enlarged tonsils. Losing sleep and suffering from sleep disorders should not be ignored. Talk to your doctor if you suspect you or someone you love may be suffering needlessly from a sleep disorder. You may not only feel better, you may save a life.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

great hub on sleep disorders. Many times people do not know they have a sleep disorder, especially people who sleep alone. Hope lots of people read this hub!

~ Aloha~


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Very interesting. My husband and i both have varying type of sleep disorders, but too often we just say.... óh we´re getting older. It´s nothing¨This is a good reminder

that it could be something..... Thank you. Great hub


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Sa'ge- it seems so unimportant but the consequences are some times substantial. Many people with apnea can not get a job driving a public vehicle for instance because if how tired and unaware they are during the day. thanks for stopping by!

Dim- Thanks Dim. I appreciate your comments. Get checked out OK? You will feel better if you get a good nights sleep :)


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I pray this Hub will bless someone that may be having problems sleeping. Becoming aware of an disorder is a blessing that may save your life! GREAT HUB my friend!! Blessings!!!


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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Good information and certainly a little stirring and knudging for anyone who knows they have a sleep disorder but puts off doing anything about it. Very simply and clearly delineated. Thanks.

And you might consider a follow-up hub regarding other kinds of sleep disorders. There is the Sleepless In Seattle "stuff." The stresses of relationships ended, dreaming about a new relationship, not wanting to sleep alone after sleeping with someone else for x number of years, and so on. Sometimes, after someone close to us dies, we are afraid to sleep. Afraid we might die, and afraid of seeing his or her ghost!

Anywho, it would be a "fun" addendum.

Vern


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks DP Carlotta. I always appreciate you stopping by.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great hub. I seem to have several of the signs, I guess I'll have to get it checked out.


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

vrbmft-Thanks! I totally forgot about those sleep issues...especially sleepless in Seattle :)


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drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

My two children 16 moths and six weeks old pretty much make me an insomniac


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Very helpful information. God Bless You.


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matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

Great "Food For Thoughts" here..

appreicate you, and your work here on this site., truly.

i've suffered from this disorder my whole adult life, and still do to this days. Its No Fun, I tell u for sure!

thanks for being U! and givng us out here, apart of your God given talents, and gifts. Keep going. We need u, out here!

Just Me

Jim


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

I have a friend with sleep apnea and she has to sleep using a machine. This hub has great information. I just inserted a link to it from mine on Get Sleep. Voted up and useful, too.


The most awesome person 4 years ago

There are a few things I have like trouble falling asleep and feeling tired in the morning (I normally wake up at 6 so that's probably y thanks for the help but some of the symptoms are just normal behaviors.

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    Types of sleep disorders

    There are 3 primary sleep disorders that many people suffer from yet fail to address with their doctor:

    1. Sleep disorder Insomnia- this can either be short term or a chronic. It can also be an early symptoms of another sleeping complaint or medical condition.
    2. Sleep disorder Sleep Apnea- This is more than just snoring. Sleep Apnea effects moe than just sleep. It is a condition that actually causes you to stop breathing for several seconds. Depending on the cause, Apnea can be dangerous to the point of being fatal. It should not be ignored. It can lead to all kinds of serious medical conditions including heart problems.
    3. Sleep disorder Narcolepsy- this condition causes a person to fall asleep without a warning. It is a neurological problem caused by a lack of hypocretin, the chemical compound in the brain that tells us when to wake or sleep.

    Sleep disorder treatment

    Other minor sleeping disorders include general snoring, RLS (restless-leg syndrome), and PLMD (periodic-limb movement disorder).

    If you experience a sleeping disorder you should talk to your doctor. They will do a sleep test and give you a diagnosis based on the results. Sometimes the cure is as simple as losing weight or changing the type of mattress and pillow you sleep on. Other times you may need a cpap sleep machine, prescription, or surgery for enlarged tonsils (for instance).

    Losing sleep and suffering from sleep disorders should not be ignored. Talk to your doctor if you suspect you or someone you love may be suffering needlessly from a sleep disorder. You may not only feel better, you may save a life.

    Symptoms of sleep disorder

    • Snoring
    • Difficulty falling asleep
    • Waking up several times a night
    • Choking
    • Waking startled
    • Feeling moody or irritable
    • Feeling tired even after a normal amount of sleep
    • Feeling foggy or not very alert during the day
    • Reliance on caffeine or other stimulants to stay awake


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