Friday, November 17, 2006

Discussing The Different Types Of Sleep Disorders

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Article Title: Discussing The Different Types Of Sleep Disorders
Author: Brooke Hayles
Category: Diseases and Conditions, Health
Word Count: 539
Keywords: sleep disorder,sleeping problems, insomnia
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There are many different types of sleep disorders. No matter what type you are diagnosed with, it still affects your life drastically. Every person has a different need when it comes to sleep. Not everyone needs a full eight hours of sleep to be productive.

There are symptoms associated with sleep disorders. With insomnia, one of the most common forms of sleep disorders, the ability to function is impaired. Concentration is affected and can cause the person to become irritable.

Narcolepsy is a very dangerous disease because the person affected is so tired that they fall asleep at any time. The person is overwhelmed by fatigue even if they have a full nights sleep.

Another very common sleep disorder is sleep apnea. This is when the person who is afflicted stops breathing in their sleep. This can be potentially fatal if the person is alone and does not start breathing on their own. The most pronounced symptom of sleep apnea is loud constant snoring.

There are many more forms of sleep disorders that can throw your life into chaos. When you cannot function properly, it can be frustrating especially if your job requires you to be detail orientated. The feeling of being tired can be overwhelming. It is important to remember that only a medical professional can diagnose sleep disorders and the best course of treatment.

There are many causes of sleep disorders. Some are physical and some are caused by environment. To determine if the cause is environmental, take a look at where you live. If you live in a high traffic area the sound of the automobiles and trucks as well as the headlight shining into your room may be the cause of a poor nights sleep. Loud neighbors or those who are night owls and come in very late may also cause you to have a poor nights sleep.

Pets and outdoor animals are the biggest offenders of causing a poor nights sleep. A dog that barks all night long can interrupt anyone's sleep. For the person with a sleeping disorder it means remaining awake for the rest of the night. It is recommended that you keep all of your windows closed to ensure the best you get as much sleep as possible.

Adults and children alike can develop sleep apnea. It is more common in adults, but it is often found in premature babies. Children who snore are more likely to develop sleep apnea.

Once your doctor has diagnosed you as having a sleeping disorder he or she will determine which disorder it is and then decide on the best course of treatment. This usually includes medication, counseling, and behavioral modification treatments.

If these methods are not effective in treating your sleep problem, then your doctor my recommend that you may lifestyle changes such as adding an exercise routing to your daily schedule.


In today's society sleep disorder are being diagnosed everyday. With the proper treatment, you can get good nights sleep. There are a number of different types of sleep disorders that only your physician can diagnose. Even with a sleep disorder, you can lead a productive life. Keep your doctor informed of any changes that occur so he or she can adjust your treatment.

Brooke Hayles
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