The 4 Common Sleeping Disorders

Many people think that going to bed and falling asleep is normal. However, that is not the case for 50 to 70 million adult Americans, per the 2021 report by the American Sleep Association. Sleeping disorders are more prevalent in the working-class population around the world. Yash Mehndiratta MD, DABSM, of the Sleep Services of Maryland LLC, guides us in understanding the most common sleeping disorders. The clinic is fully equipped with the best professionals and a sleeping trial lab. Read more to know more.

1.     Insomnia

Insomnia is the most common type of sleeping disorder. Common symptoms of Insomnia are as stated below. Those with difficulty falling or staying asleep need to visit a sleeping clinic, for they may have Insomnia. The disorder has the following symptoms.

v Failure to get sleep until you use an induction.

v Waking up amid your sleep and having difficulties falling asleep again.

v Waking up earlier than you used to do without a major change in your daily schedule.

v Daytime problems include fatigue, falling asleep, loss of concentration, and mood swings.

Before diagnosing Insomnia, healthcare professionals must rule out other possible causes of sleeping difficulties, such as substance abuse, depression, and medication’s side effects, among others.

2.     Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy sleeping disorder is when you start experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness. The condition comes with weakening your body muscles that are attributed to surprise or strong emotion. The disorder is also referred to as ” sleep attacks,” for they can strike when you are walking or undertaking physical activity. It is commonly treated with stimulant medications with recommendations on behavior such as having short naps during the day.

3.     Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder when your breathing patterns are interrupted by difficult breathing. Acute sleep apnea conditions may make you stop breathing when you immediately fall asleep. There are two types of sleep apnea.

v Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by blocking your airway when the soft tissues at the back of your throat collapse during sleeping. The disorder leads to snoring, fatigue, daytime sleeping, and fatigue.

v Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). Unlike in OSA, the airway is not blocked, but your brain fails to inform your body when it should fall asleep. It affects the functioning of the central nervous system. When having the disorder, you will experience recurrent awakenings at night.

4.     Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

RLS causes an intense and irresistible urge to move your legs. It usually strikes in the evening and leads to difficulties in falling or staying asleep. People having daytime sleeping and concentration problems are more prone to RLS. The disorder is caused by engaging in activities that involve a lot of resting. Some activities are driving for a long time, resting on your bed for many days, or sitting in a theater for long hours.

The disorders discussed above are the most common ones. Sleeping disorders lead to straining of your body muscles. As seen in our discussion, it is also clear that when you fail to treat one sleeping disorder, it may lead to symptoms of another one. It would help if you visited a sleeping disorders clinic when you notice any of the symptoms highlighted above. Always ensure that you have verified the accreditation of the chosen clinic and its professionals.