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5 Important Sleep Disorders to Correct ASAP

An occasional bout of what may seem like insomnia could be caused by a number of factors: too much caffeine in your system, increased stress, or maybe symptoms from medications you're taking. However, if you are struggling to fall asleep or have difficulty staying asleep, you could be suffering from a sleep disorder. 

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Here are five sleep disorders that you’d want to talk to your physician about to get treated as soon as possible:

#1 Obstructive Sleep Apnea

People like to joke about snoring, but loud, consistent snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea(OSA). OSA can cause you to stop breathing for 10 to 20 seconds possibly 30 times or more per hour while sleeping. This deprives your body of oxygen and wakes you up numerous times throughout the night.

#2. Frequently Waking Up from Nightmares

An occasional nightmare is not necessarily a reason for concern, but if you are frequently waking up from nightmares out of breath, this too could be a sign of sleep apnea. Your brain interprets the feeling of not being able to breathe and can incorporate those feelings into your dreams, turning it into a nightmare.

#3. Restless Legs Syndrome

Do you ever feel like you just can’t sit still while lying down because you constantly have the urge to move your legs? Restless Legs Syndrome is a neurological disorder that can disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling tired all of the time. RLS can also be a symptom of various medical conditions, including diabetes or iron deficiency.

#4. Narcolepsy

If you struggle to stay awake during the day or suddenly fall asleep during the day, even if you seem to sleep well at night, you could have narcolepsy. This is a neurological disorder where the brain is unable to regulate sleep-wake cycles. Narcolepsy can be very dangerous especially if you drive or operate heavy machinery.

#5. Semi-Somnia

Often a precursor to full-blown insomnia, the symptoms of semi-somnia are similar, but not as severe. You may have difficulty winding down to go to sleep because it feels like your mind is wide-awake. Semi-somnia symptoms include waking up throughout the night and often feeling like your mind is awake but your body is sleeping.

If you suffer from symptoms of these sleep disorders, you don’t need to suffer alone. Your doctor can recommend treatments or strategies that will help you get back to a restful night’s sleep again.

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