Sleep Hygiene

Most common sleep disorders

If you still have sleeping issues while having tried many relaxation exercises and while keeping in mind your sleep cycle and sleep hygiene, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Most sleep disorders can be characterized by one or more of the following four signs:

  1. You have trouble falling or remaining asleep.
  2. You find it difficult to stay awake during the day.
  3. There are imbalances in your sleep-wake (circadian) rhythm that interfere with a healthy sleep schedule.
  4. You are prone to unusual behaviors that disrupt your sleep.

Any of these signs could indicate a sleep disorder. When experiencing some of these issues on a regularly basis, thus more than 3 times per week, we advise you to consult with your doctor!

Learn more about the most common and researched sleep disorders:

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea occurs due to a blockage of the upper airway which makes one to choke or gasp for air, often causing one to wake up. It can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue but is treatable. Heavy snoring is another common symptom.

Circadian rhythm or sleep-wake disorder

Circadian rhythm or sleep- wake disorder is a last common sleep disorder. For most the times falling asleep and waking up is more or less controlled by our biological clock, but people suffering from circadian rhythm sleep disorder, their clock is out of control. They either fall asleep late at night and wake up later or they fall asleep very early, for example in the evening and wake up very early, even in the middle of the night. Learn more about circadian rhythm in our circadian energy workshop.

Restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is characterized by uncomfortable, tingly sensations in the legs that cause an almost irresistible urge to move your legs. The urge to move mainly occurs when you’re resting. The more you move, the more the sensations disappear. A situation that keeps you going during the night. It is untreatable but it could be caused by iron deficiencies and increased by caffeine, nicotine and certain meds.
 

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is typified as excessive, uncontrollable daytime sleepiness due to a dysfunction of the brain mechanism that controls sleeping and waking. Uncontrollable “sleep attacks” in the middle of talking, working, etc. are no exception. The treatment consists of medication. Taking naps are advised and shift work is discouraged. 
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