Types of Sleep Disorders and How to Treat Them

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Sleeping disorders refer to conditions that affect our ability to sleep well on a regular basis. It is estimated that 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders cause irritation and discomfort to those who suffer from it. It increases feelings of anxiety and depression. Here we discuss 3 common types of sleep disorders and how they are often treated.

Insomnia

Insomnia is the term for a difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep. It is often categorized by two different types: transient or short-term insomnia and chronic insomnia. Transient insomnia is usually linked to a stressful life event such as the death of a loved one or even a difficult divorce. Chronic insomnia is more permanent. It is a long-term pattern of difficulty sleeping, for a period that ranges over 3 months.

Insomnia is treated with medications as well as with non-medical methods such as cognitive behavior therapy and lifestyle changes such as exercise and meditation.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious yet common sleep disorder. Due to the collapsing of the soft tissues, your airway repeatedly becomes blocked, and you’ll stop breathing. When this occurs, you might make choking noises or snore loudly. Sleep apnea has also caused strokes in sufferers due to the lack of oxygen being circulated. Persons who suffer from sleep apnea may feel extremely sleepy during the day and lack energy in general.

Sleep apnea can be treated with a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine. Patients breathe through the CPAP mask while the device forces air into their airways to keep them open. Another way to treat sleep apnea is to undergo surgery that can reduce the amount of tissue available to block the airways. Sleep apnea can also be reduced by controlling your diet and by exercising.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects your ability to wake and sleep. Narcolepsy causes you to suddenly fall asleep at any time no matter where you are without warning. People who suffer from narcolepsy fall asleep uncontrollably during unusual circumstances, such as while eating. They are unable to regulate their sleep-wake cycle. Although there is no cure for narcolepsy, some of the symptoms can be treated with medicines and lifestyle changes. It can also be regulated by scheduled naps.

A good mattress can also help to reduce the effects of sleep disorders. It can help to regulate sleeping and provide support to your health.

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