Sleeping disorders is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person or animal. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning. A test commonly ordered for some sleep disorders is the polysomnography.
How much sleep we each need depends on many factors, including age. Infants generally require about 16 hours of sleep a day, while teenagers need about nine hours on average. Adults usually need about seven to eight hours. If we don't get the amount of sleep we each need, this lack of sleep or sleep deprivation can be very dangerous. It can impair our ability to perform basic daily activities such as driving and routine on the job tasks. And it can have a longer term impact on our physical and mental health.
Types of Sleeping Disorders:
• Insomnia a hard time falling or staying asleep.
• Sleep apnea breathing interruptions during sleep.
• Restless legs syndrome a tingling or prickly sensation in the legs.
• Narcolepsy daytime "sleep attacks".
Sleep Disorder Causes:
Sleep disorders are very common and can result from a number of causes. Stress, illness, diet (e.g., caffeine, alcohol) and medications (e.g., antidepressants) all can cause sleep problems.
Sleep Disorder Symptoms:
* Sleepwalking Disorder
* Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
* Nightmare Disorder
* Sleep Terror Disorder
The most important symptoms of sleep disorders are insomnia and sleepiness during waking hours. Insomnia is by far the more common of the two symptoms. It covers a number of different patterns of sleep disturbance. These patterns include inability to fall asleep at bedtime, repeated awakening during the night, and/or inability to go back to sleep once awakened.
Sleep Disorder Remedies:
Here are some home remedies for giving you restful good night's sleep!
* Avoid rich diets for dinner. Ayurvedic diets favor lighter meals at night which is taken at least 3 hours before going to bed.
* Avoid alcohol or caffeine beverages, especially before going to sleep. Nicotine also leads to sleep deprivation, so quit smoking.
* Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Even if you do not sleep immediately, keep the schedule by going to bed and going up the same time each day, even on weekends.
* Do meditation for helping you deal with day-to-day stresses and worries. Stress is the worst enemy of sleep.
* Combing hair before retiring is also a good practice for good night's sleep.
* Prepare your bedroom for a goodnight rest by keeping it dark and apply slow music that will induce sleepiness.
* If married, make love to your partner. Its relaxing and helps you in getting a good quality sleep.
* Avoid sleeping during the day. If you can't, make it as short as possible. Twenty minutes daytime nap is rejuvenating enough to recharge you for the rest of the day.
* Massage feet, calves, nape of the neck and shoulders.
* Warm bath and reading before you go to sleep may help induce sleepiness, as well.