Sleeping disorders are certain conditions that do not allow you to get sound sleep during the night. This causes drowsiness and tiredness during the day impairing you from doing your regular activities. Eventually, it can also contribute to obesity and heart diseases. People with medical or mental illness, older adults, and women are at a higher risk of suffering from sleeping disorders.
Common Sleeping Disorders And Associated Symptoms:
Insomnia: Insomnia is the most common kind of sleeping disorder where patients have trouble falling asleep or remaining asleep. They fall asleep too late or wake up too early or do not get sound sleep in between. Dr. Manoj Kumat at Serene Mind Clinic wants to bring to your notice, “Around 30-50% of the adult population suffers from insomnia. Without treatment, their quality of life decreases significantly.”
Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea is a health condition where the patient frequently stops breathing while they are asleep. It can be because of a physical blockage or a faulty brain signal. They wake up suddenly gasping for air. This can lead to snoring, daytime sleepiness, anxiety, fatigue, etc.
Restless Legs Syndrome: People with RLS suffer from a tingling sensation in their legs or an uncontrollable urge to move their legs when they are sleeping. This hampers their quality of sleep.
Narcolepsy: Those with narcolepsy fall asleep during the day very suddenly without a warning. The condition is often accompanied by weakness of muscles before the attack and sleep paralysis after the attack.
How Are Sleeping Disorders Treated?
Sleeping disorders are treated with cognitive behavioral therapy and medications. If you have mild symptoms, you can try healthy sleeping practices under the supervision of an expert to get sound sleep.
Healthy sleeping practices include:
- Maintaining a steady sleep schedule
- Minimizing light and noise while sleeping
- Sleeping in comfortable garments and at a comfortable temperature
- Using soothing and relaxing essential oil diffusers like lavender, chamomile, etc.
- Meditation or performing stress-relieving exercises before sleep
- Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly