What is a Sleep Disorder ?

Sleep disorder can be defined as a medical disorder, as sleep-disorder affects the sleeping patterns of an individual.  Sleep is very much essential for every-one of us.  A sleep disorder is a physical and psychological condition or disturbance of sleep and wakefulness caused by abnormalities that occur during sleep or by abnormalities of specific sleep mechanisms.  Although the sleep disorder exists during sleep, recognizable symptoms manifest themselves during the day.  Accurate diagnosis requires a polysomnogram, widely known as a "sleep test."

As a matter of fact, many people around the world face sleep-disorders.  Most of the research proves that as many as 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleeping disorders.  Another 20 to 30 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder on an irregular basis.  Some of these are not very serious at times.   However, there are plenty of such disorders that can affect the mental state on an individual.   

The sufferer might face many problems in the long run due to lack of sleep or disturbed sleep.  Therefore, most of the experts believe that adults need about 7 to 8 hours of proper sleep everyday in order to maintain their mental and emotional stability.   In fact, many people who suffer from sleep-disorders often go into a state of depression and face emotional problems.

Any condition that impairs sleeping well at night to the extent that it disturbs daytime functioning  often manifested as Excessive Daytime Sleepiness  is a sleep disorder. 

Q: How common are sleep disorders?
A: According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, it is estimated that 40 million Americans are diagnosed with a chronic long-term sleep disorder each year and 20 million Americans have occasional sleep problems.

Q: What are sleep disorders?
A: Sleep disorders are neurological conditions that can affect sleep in different ways.  The International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD) lists over 84 different types of sleep disorders that affect the bodys normal cycle of daytime wakefulness and night time sleep.  These different disorders are usually classified into three types of categories: disturbed sleep, excessive sleep and lack of sleep. However, in all the three categories of the disorders can be managed and controlled if diagnosed properly.

Q: What causes sleep disorders?
A: Many causes can be attributed to sleep disorders depending on the type. In many cases, sleep disorders can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition or a side effect of medications. Often times, a family pattern can be shown in conditions such as hypersomnia and narcolepsy (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). 

Sleep disorders are often categorized into four categories:
A.Primary Sleep Disorders.
B.Sleep Disorders Related to Another Mental Disorder.
C.Sleep Disorders Due to a General Medical Condition.
D.Substance-Induced Sleep Disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 1994).

The following sleep disorders are listed below and may be diagnosed through Serenity Sleep Labs Inc .
•Sleep apnea 
•Restless Legs Syndrome, movement disorders in sleep
•Sleepwalking or irregular sleep wake cycles
•Sleep disorders associated to medical and behavioral illnesses
•Excessive daytime somnolence

The effects of sleep disorders during the day include: 
•Excessive daytime sleepiness 
•Feeling un-rested 
•Poor job performance 
•Mood disturbance 
•Increased risk of automobile accidents 
•Decreased ability to concentrate 
•Morning headaches

Medical complications resulting from untreated sleep apnea syndrome include: 
•High blood pressure 
•Heart beat irregularities 
•Heart failure 

Sleep disorder treatment is very much possible and available.  Depending on the type of sleep disorder, life style changes, medications, and surgery can be options (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). The right sleep disorder treatment depends on the diagnosed cause. 

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