Everyone has at some point had an experience where they couldn’t sleep or had irregular sleep patterns. It’s unlikely that anyone will have a perfect sleep schedule or sleep habits throughout their entire life. However, when someone starts regularly experiencing an unstable sleep schedule or has difficulty falling or staying asleep, they may be currently suffering from one of several sleep disorders.
There are many different causes that could have affected the way you sleep, your normal sleep schedule, and how effective each night of sleep is. It’s important to keep your sleep habits under control or seek medical help when you can’t. The quality of your sleep can affect other areas of your life in positive or negative ways.
Keep reading to learn more about the types of sleep disorders, the symptoms and sleep disorder treatment available. At Urgent Care Extra, we want you to get a good night’s sleep!
Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
There are numerous types of sleep disorders known today. Below are the following common types of sleep disorders.
- Insomnia. “Is insomnia common?” This a frequently asked question and often times is the most well-known sleep disorder associated with any sleeping difficulty. Insomnia is associated as a difficulty with getting to sleep, staying asleep, or getting high quality sleep. The negative effects of insomnia can impair the individual and make it difficult for basic activities and operations during the day.
- Sleep-related breathing disorders. There are certain types of sleep disorders that are associated with difficulty breathing. Sleep apnea is one of the most known types of breathing disorders related with sleep.
- Hyper somnolence. Hyper somnolence is defined as an excessive sleepiness throughout the day or unexpectedly long sleep during the night. If you are feeling tired and groggy throughout the day, despite any “normal” amount of sleep at night, you may be experiencing hyper somnolence.
- Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders. A disruption to the circadian rhythm of sleep-wake patterns is when an individual can’t get to sleep or wake up at normal times. This is often caused by shift work where an individual may work different shifts throughout the week or month.
- Parasomnias. Anytime your body exerts unintended or undesired movements/actions during sleep, you are likely experiencing a form of parasomnia. Sleep walking, sleep terrors, and other related symptoms are a sign of a parasomnia.
- Sleep-related movement disorders. Restless leg syndrome is a commonly known sleep-related movement disorder, where one’s repetitive or unintended movements can cause them (or their partner) to wake up in the middle of the night and disrupt their sleep cycle.
There are many more known sleep disorders than can be listed, but many of them share common symptoms that can be identified by you or another observer watching your sleep patterns. Check out some of the most common symptoms below and contact us at Urgent Care Extra to learn how you can overcome sleep disorders and get better, higher quality sleep.
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Inability to stay asleep through the entire night
- Lack of any kind of sleep schedule
- Pauses in breathing (or snoring) while you are asleep
- Uncontrollable urge to move your legs or otherwise feel restless during the night
- Not getting enough sleep
- 16 – 24 hours – infants
- 9 hours – teenagers
- 7 – 8 hours – adults
- The amount of sleep needed will vary from individual to individual (e.g., some may not need a full 8 hours while others will need more)
- Feeling tired even after a full night of sleep
- Poor performance during the day
- Getting too little or too much sleep than you normally need
Common Causes of Sleep Disorders
Common causes of insomnia and other sleep disorders can vary from person to person based on their lifestyle. Causes may be environmental, biological, or self-imposed as a result of lifestyle choices.
- Depression or anxiety disorders
- Restless leg syndrome
- Conditions that increase the frequency of urination
- Chronic pain from other medical conditions
- Consumption of caffeine or other stimulants
- Alcohol and other types of sedatives
- Certain medication required for treating other conditions (e.g., asthma)
- Looking at computer or phone screens prior to going to bed
If you are experiencing any common symptoms of sleep disorders, visit an Urgent Care Extra clinic near you and we’ll help you find treatment and solutions to get back on a regular sleep schedule and get better quality sleep.
Treatment for Sleep Disorders
There are different sleep disorder treatment options available to people who have difficulty sleeping, can’t stay asleep, get too little or too much sleep, or do not have a regular sleep schedule.
Your doctor may recommend certain medication to help you with specific sleep-related symptoms and conditions. For example, sleeping pills can help an individual fall asleep even when they are not feeling tired. Supplements can be taken to help the body produce more melatonin, which will help you get better sleep. Medication for underlying health issues can help your body to regulate other conditions causing your sleep quality to suffer.
In many cases, the cause for a sleep disorder is self-imposed, whether knowingly or not, as a result of certain lifestyle choices. Lifestyle changes can improve the quality of sleep. For example, an individual could change their diet to incorporate new foods (or more of specific types) while reducing sugar intake. Exercising can reduce anxiety and stress. Choosing to create a sleep schedule and sticking to it can provide a positive effect on sleep patterns. Altering how much caffeine you consume at certain times of the day and reducing screen time with phones, computers and TVs can make it easier to fall asleep.
Depending on the sleep disorder you are enduring and the type of sleep disorder treatment you are receiving, it can take some time for changes to have lasting results. Make sure to stick with your treatment for sleep disorders as prescribed by your doctor. The longer you stick with your treatment, the more effective it will be in the long run.
Contact us today at Urgent Care Extra to learn more about sleep disorders and how you can treat your specific sleep-related condition.