The information and facts available to people about sleeping disorders, or anything similar, is vast so it is worth digging a little into this subject to understand it better so that you, or those you love, know exactly how you can handle this kind of problem. There seems to be no end to the research and information on this area and so there is no excuse for people not to be well informed on the topic.
It may surprise you to know there is more than one kind of sleeping disorder that people suffer from and it is vital to keep this fact in mind. Sleep paralysis, sleepwalking, sleep apnea, delayed sleep phase syndrome, shift work sleep disorder and sleep eating are some of them, along with night terrors, periodic limb movement disorder, hypopnea syndrome, parasomnias, bruxism, rapid eye movement behavior disorder, narcolepsy, restless leg disorder, and the better-known jet lag or insomnia.
To help with your overall understanding of these types of disorders, it helps to understand what some of the physical manifestations of the more common sleep problems are. If we look at the commonly known insomnia, this is when someone struggles to fall asleep or stay asleep and his or her general quality of rest is greatly disrupted. Causes of insomnia are wide and varied including anxiety and stress, emotional problems or disturbances, and nerves. Putting on weight can actually contribute to insomnia as well, as can an over stimulated mind. We tend to think of anything that causes insomnia as being a bad thing; however, this isn’t always the case because just being excited about something can also disrupt your quality of sleep.
People who either grind or clench their teeth while they are asleep are also classified under sleeping disorders and this particular problem is known as bruxism. Some of the side effects are chipped teeth and even more serious damage such as fractures in the enamel and a general wearing down of the mouth. Bruxism can take quite a while for the suffer to notice and by the time it is diagnosed, most often their mouths have suffered quite some damage and they need some dental work done.
A more dangerous sleep disorder is when the breathing channel or flow of oxygen to the lungs is disrupted during sleep, and this is classified as sleep apnea. The actual missed breaths are known as apneas, and some people can miss significant moments of breathing when they have this problem. More commonly what causes the sleep apnea are obstructions in the nose, as a result of coughs and chest infections, inflamed throats, and even swollen tonsils, which result from tonsillitis can contribute.
People who battle heavy sleepiness through the day light hours are usually suffering with a disorder called narcolepsy, and this is actually a neurological problem. You can diagnose a sufferer of narcolepsy if he suffers any of the following: sleep paralysis, automatic behavior, cataplexy or hypnagogic hallucinations.