Understanding the Different Types of Sleep Disorders

If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting enough of that valuable REM sleep, then you might suffer from a sleep disorder. There are different types of sleep disorders, each with their own set of identifying factors. It is important that you understand these differences before attempting to treat your sleep disorder, as there is an equally large number of sleep disorder treatments, and not all are suited for every type of disorder. If you feel that your sleep troubles are in need of some real attention, then you must study up. Here is a guide to understanding the different types of sleep disorders:


This sleep disorder is so common, it’s likely you have heard yourself and most everyone you know complain about it at some time or another. As a matter of fact, about sixty million Americans report experiencing insomnia. Simply put, insomnia is the inability to sleep. It may result from a number of circumstances, including jet lag, stress, or a change of diet. Insomnia often goes away on its own, after the aggravating factor subsides; however, sometimes it takes intervention to cure insomnia, either in the form of a natural remedy such as Valerian Root or professional help.

Sleep Apnea

If you have breathing problems that wake though repeatedly throughout the night, then you likely suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the breathing airway is obstructed, and is generally accompanied by heavy snoring (although heavy snoring is not necessarily indicative of sleep apnea). It can lead to depression, a lack of mental functioning, personality changes, and respiratory arrest. If you have sleep apnea, then you most definitely should seek the advice of a trusted physician to get the condition under control.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Also called RLS, restless leg syndrome is exactly what it sounds like: your legs simply cannot rest. You feel a constant sensation of needing to move your legs, which inevitably disrupts your ability to fall into relaxation mode (or sleep). RLS is occasionally coupled with periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), which can greatly aggravate the situation. The neuro-transmitter dopamine is thought to regulate these behaviors, and RLS treatment usually involves medications that regulate dopamine.

[box type=”note”]As you can see, sleep disorders are not at all alike. They involve different mechanisms and require different treatments. If you feel that you have a sleep disorder, then your best bet is to study up on your symptoms and then consult with a physician for the best treatment options possible.[/box]

About the Author: Nickolas Mosgrove loves writing about health and wellness and studies several common disorders. He used to suffer from sleep apnea but after losing weight no longer needs to wear his CPAP. He enjoys reading medical blogs and recommends Yeastinfection.org by Eric Bakker to anyone interested in how candida can affect your health.

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One thought on “Understanding the Different Types of Sleep Disorders

  • March 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Very nice article about health. Thanks


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