Common Sleep Disorders

Do we really have to point out how important sleeping is? How much it influences your health, your looks, your mood, the overall quality of your life. Or have you figured that out by yourself by now? In case you have problems with sleeping, I’m sure you have noticed the significance of a good night’s rest. A high-quality new mattress can go a long way in ensuring you have that.

Some people have all the conditions to sleep well, yet they choose to stay up all night starting at various screens or reading or working. On the other hand, there are those, who would do anything to get some tight slumber, but can’t due to various health issues that disturb their sleep. Here are just a few examples which will make you appreciate the quality sleep more if you don’t have them, alongside suggestions on how to relieve them in case you’re not so lucky and actually suffer from some of the following.


This is definitely number one on any sleep disorder list. Whether you have trouble falling asleep at night, you wake up often and have trouble falling back to sleep, or you wake up at dawn without any reason, it’s definitely frustrating and exhausting. Around fifty percent of the population has experienced some form of this disorder, and around ten percent of Americans are said to suffer from it chronically.

If you’re among that 10%, I’m sure you’ve tried many things, of course, depending on the cause of your problem. Most people go for the pills, but before or at least beside that option, try if nothing else, some herbal teas and natural remedies. Also, it’s not a bad idea go back to the basics from time to time, so make sure your pillow and mattress are comfortable and good quality, that your room is well aired, and well, that your mind is well aired, too. Here are some common causes of insomnia

Sleep Apnea

This isn’t the most frequent disorder, but it’s definitely the least recognized on one hand and the most treated one on the other. Obstructive sleep apnea is manifested as a temporary stop in breathing during sleep. It lasts for a few seconds and it’s caused by a blockage in the upper airways. It can result in snoring if the blockage is partial, or in more serious cases, a longer stop which is broken through by the sounds of choking and gasping as one catches the breath again. This difficulty in breathing wakes up the brain from the sleep mode, and in case these stops are frequent during the night, the brain never actually manages to fall into the deep sleep stages and thus the whole organism doesn’t get proper rest.

Surgery is the most common way of treating this problem, but depending on its severity, change in lifestyle, such as appropriate diet, no alcohol, more exercise, and well-known sleeping on your side can somewhat relieve the issue. Also, there are various treatments, such as positive airway pressure and its variations, as well as some oral appliances that can help you breathe normally during the night.

But before all this, you need to acknowledge you have the condition, so if your partner keeps telling you you’re snoring, don’t get offended, but take it seriously and consult the medic.

Restless Legs Syndrome

This neurological disorder is found in about ten percent of adults and two percent of children. It’s characterized by the constant urge to move one’s legs due to sensations such as aching, burning, itching, throbbing and similar. All this prevents people who suffer from falling asleep. This syndrome can affect the sleep quality of the entire household, as these people often get up during the night, trying to find relief from this nuisance and walk around to appease their restless legs.

The exact cause of the RLS is unknown, but it’s believed to be genetic, more common in women than in men, and more common in elderly people than in children.

As with all other problems, lifestyle changes can you to relieve this problem. First of all, reducing or ideally eliminating cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, exercising regularly, massaging your legs, taking alternate hot and cold baths and checking your iron levels, as iron deficiency can be one of the causes. Of course, there are also various medications, as well as creams which can also help you reduce the symptoms of this syndrome and sleep better.

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