Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sleep disorders besides sleep apnea

Besides sleep apnea there are other sleep disorders. Like sleep apnea they can be dangerous if left untreated.
  • Insomnia is very common sleep disorder that affects millions of people. The inability to fall asleep even when you are tired is emotionally draining as well as hazardous to your health.
  • Narcolepsy can cause immense daytime drowsiness to the point of falling asleep at any point of the day and anywhere. Besides being embarrassing it could be life threatening if the narcolepsy patient is driving or operating heavy machinery.
  • Night terror unlike nightmares usually can’t be recalled after waking up. Nightmares are dreams of frightening events whereas night terror is the feeling of fear.
  • Restless legs syndrome is where the need to move your legs to stop uncomfortable feelings happens while you are trying to sleep.
  • Walking or engaging in wake time activities while one is still asleep is referred to as sleep walking. Stress, fever and alcoholism are known as triggers to sleepwalking.
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