It’s not uncommon to suffer from a sleep disorder. If you search for sleep disorders online you will find a vast array listed. But which sleep disorders are the most common? What are the symptoms of these disorders? What treatments are available?

The aim of this article is to examine three of the most common sleep disorders and the help and treatments used to alleviate them. We also also going to tell you about other factors that may be leading to you not getting the sleep that you need.

    1. Insomnia

Insomnia affects as many as half the population at some point in their lives. The problem can be acute or chronic. Acute insomnia is short lived, whereas chronic insomnia lasts for long periods of time. If you have trouble getting to sleep at night, your sleep is disturbed, or you wake up earlier than you should, you may be diagnosed with insomnia.

There can be many different causes of insomnia, including stress and issues with the environment around you. We are going to take a closer look at environmental issues later in this article. If you are worried or stressed then you may find stress relieving techniques useful. If insomnia is a problem you should also seek medical advice.

    1. Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is another common sleep disorder; in fact it could be even more common than we think because many people do not know that they have it. Sleep Apnea occurs when the soft tissues in a person’s throat relax. This acts to block the passage of oxygen to the lungs. When the blockage is only partial this can cause snoring. If the blockage is more severe, breathing often stops and then quickly resumes. The problem is that the brain is required to jump into action at this point and does not get the rest it needs.

If mild Sleep Apnea is diagnosed it may be that a lifestyle change can help; such as giving up alcohol or losing weight. If the problem is more severe the most common form of treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

    1. Restless leg syndrome

Strictly speaking, this is not only a sleep disorder as it can affect sufferers any time they rest. The condition results in a need to move the legs, or sometimes other limbs. This is due to a variety of sensations, including jumping, burning and aching.

There can be a genetic link with sufferers of restless leg syndrome (RLS). Medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney failure can also be an underlying cause. If there is an underlying cause, treating this often helps alleviate the symptoms of RLS. Other suggested treatments or aids include regular leg massage and reducing alcohol and nicotine intake.

    1. What else can you do to help you sleep?

Whether or not you have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, there are certain things you can do to help you get the sleep you need.

  • If your mattress is wearing out, take a look at Ikea mattresses to find a firmer replacement.

  • Switch off electrical appliances that emit blue light before you sleep.

  • Ensure your bedroom is as dark as possible.

  • Adopt a relaxing routine before bed; such as taking a warm bath.

All of these tips should help improve your sleep pattern. If you think you are being affected by any of the sleep disorders we have mentioned you should seek medical advice.

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