Sleep disorders can really take a toll on the lives of the sufferers who deal with it every day and night. There are too many to name but there are a few that sparked my interest. If you’re experiencing any of these disorders, you’ll be better able to identify it and seek help.
Narcolepsy is when you’re experiencing excessive sleepiness during the day or falling asleep so suddenly out of nowhere. Narcolepsy is often associated with Sleep Paralysis and so it’s a good idea to get this checked out, as Narcolepsy is a neurological problem.
This is when you suddenly stop breathing while you’re asleep, and then suddenly start breathing again, causing drowsiness during the day. You can also experience nightmares and other unpleasant symptoms if you have this condition.
There are two kinds of sleep apnea: Obstructive, and Central.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea – This is when you have a partial or complete blockage of your airways causing you to stop breathing during the night. Your diaphragm can become harder to open while you’re laying down, thus, causing the obstruction.
Central Sleep Apnea – This is when your breathing is obstructed because your brain is telling you not to breathe. I’m not so sure why this happens but it only lasts for a few seconds and you start breathing again.
Clearly both kinds of sleep apnea are a problem that has to be dealt with. Some people use breathing machines at night while they’re sleeping so oxygen can be forced down, causing you to continue breathing throughout the night. This will make a dramatic difference in the way you sleep and feel a lot better. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, seek help immediately.
Insomnia means you have a hard time falling asleep at night and even staying asleep once you do; waking up often. There are different levels of insomnia and it can be caused by a variety of things like depression or some other kind of disease. There’s transient insomnia that only lasts for about a week, acute insomnia that lasts about a month or less, and then there’s chronic insomnia that lasts a long time and caused by a variety of things.
It’s also placed into two categories: Primary and Secondary. Primary insomnia doesn’t mean you have a health problem and secondary insomnia means that your health may be at risk.
Sleepwalking is when you get up during the night and do things and go about routines that’s normally done while you’re awake. The person experiencing this usually has a dazed look on they’re face. Once they wake up, they have little to no memory of what happened. Sleepwalking can be caused by a variety of things as well, including stress.
If you see someone sleepwalking, try coaxing them back to bed quietly and gently. Sometimes it’s dangerous to wake a sleep walker because they can become violent, often interpreting a loved one as an intruder. So always be careful as many people who sleepwalk and became violent, ended up killing someone.
This is when someone has the inability to move or speak when they are falling asleep or on the verge of awakening. Although it only lasts a few minutes, it can be pretty frightening for the person experiencing it because it seems longer to them. A victim can also feel as if someone is in the room with them, someone demonic or an incubus/succubus that is holding them down. The person is fully aware that they cannot move, increasing the feeling of terror. Sometimes sleep paralysis is linked to other sleep disorders, but mostly with Narcolepsy. If you’ve ever experienced anything like this, talk to your doctor immediately because it can be treated.
Not to be confused with nightmares, night terrors occur mostly in children who have experienced something traumatic. They can have a feeling of terror and experience recurrent crying and fear. They may also have difficulty is waking up. It usually happens during slow-wave sleep or with naps during the day.
If you’re experiencing any of these conditions or disorders that’s interfering with your sleep, seek help from medical professionals.