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Common Sleeping Disorders

Updated on December 7, 2012

Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders impact life negatively
Sleep disorders impact life negatively | Source

Common Sleep Disorders and Their Causes

A big percentage of the population suffers from sleep disorders at some point in their lives. This is always a source of concern for the people experiencing any type of the common sleeping disorders. The ramifications of these problems are manifested throughout the day and through the duration of the disorder. Lack of sleep or adequate sleep will cause so many problems in everyday life. Some of these problems are destructive like accidents at the workplace or while driving. These are due to lack of concentration. Across all the known types of sleep disorders, it can be stated that sleep is affected in terms of quality and amount and the normal behaviors associated with sleep. The root cause of an identified sleep disorder should be found so that it is addressed and normal and peaceful sleep is once again a reality.

Classification of the Sleep Disorders

Through this article, you are going to understand the types of sleep disorders that can affect different groups of people. You will learn about the minor types of sleep disorders and the major sleep disorders. The different sleep disorders are so many and they affect different groups of people from the young children right through to the adults. Here are the most common sleep disorders:

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea usually occurs when a person becomes breathless and is characterized by snoring. Causes may be obstruction of the air passages and affected neural signals.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome just as the name suggests will cause uncomfortable sensations in the legs. The problem gets unbearable to the level of finding no sleep. It is not necessarily associated with sleep but also occurs during the day. Remedies include massage and electric stimulation, and iron supplements.


Insomnia is perhaps the most common sleep disorder. Can be caused by anxiety and is associated with failure to fall asleep. Symptoms include difficulties in falling asleep, the feeling of tiredness after waking up and wakefulness in the night. The disorder affects females more. Therapy and hygiene will treat the condition.

Parasomnia Types of Sleep Disorders

The Parasomnia types of sleep disorders are disturbances within the sleep cycle and they are somnambulism, confusional-arousal, night terrors, nightmare disorder, bed wetting and bruxism which is teeth grinding. Most of these conditions affect young children but others will also affect adults.

Effects from Common Sleeping Disorders

Problems associated with lack of or inadequate sleep
Problems associated with lack of or inadequate sleep | Source


Narcolepsy occurs when the central nervous system is no longer controlling sleep patterns. This turns out to be a chronic condition characterized by hallucinations and loss of muscle control. Therapy and medication are used to cure the problem.


Hypersomnia is a disorder characterized by extended sleep hours which happen both at night and during the day. Sleep is never enough and this is common during teenage up to thirty years of age.


Jet-lag occurs when the brain is not able to keep track of time. Lack of sleep or irregular sleep patterns are prominent symptoms of jet-lag which also affects more women than men. Exercise, sunshine and fluid intake help do away with this condition. Jet-lag falls in the circadian rhythm sleep disorders category.

Understand the Common Sleep Disorders

All Types of Sleep Disorders Are Curable

You have now learned something little about the types of sleep disorders. These disorders are all curable and manageable. The causative factors are either intrinsic or extrinsic which means that psychological problems will heavily affect sleep. And from the types of sleep disorders, two broad categories can be identified. They are the dyssomnias which affect ability to fall and remain asleep and the parasomnias which are unnatural behaviors during sleep. Therefore, if you might be suffering from any of these sleep disorders, some professional assistance will be of great help.

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  • Ericdierker profile image

    Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Some system failure in our body causes sleeplessness, which as you point out may cause other problems.

    Pain for instance can be a direct cause of sleep problems. Anxiety may be a cause also. So I believe that you first must be clear on what causes the sleep problem. Most modern wester medical practitioners treat only the sleeplessness and not the cause.

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    GeorgeCM 5 years ago from Nairobi

    Sleeping disorders cease to be symptoms when they become persistent and interfere with normal body function. At this juncture they are a problem or a disorder. Variation in definitions and assessments may differ and I would like to learn more about your school of thought

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    Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Sleep problems are symptoms not a disease. You have to dig a bit as to what the cause is. Sometimes I get all holistic and do all the stuff I should do to rest well. Sometimes I just take a pill.