Types of Sleep Disorders
There is a wide variety of sleep disorders. A recent Gallup poll
estimates that there are 65 million sufferers of the 70 – 80 types of sleep disorders that exist. As people age, there is a tendency to get less sleep in general, as well as less time spent in the deepest, most beneficial periods of the sleep cycle.
Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders can encompass a variety of symptoms and conditions. However, there are certain warning signs that are fairly common.
Effects of Sleep Disorders
While it is possible to suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and be completely unaware of this during the night, these interruptions in a person’s sleeping patterns can have a noticeable effect on his/her daily life.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may have a sleep disorder:
Inability to fall asleep or waking up on a frequent basis throughout the night.
The temporary cessation of breathing throughout the night.
Oftentimes associated with sleep apnea, a loud, hoarse breathing that occurs during sleep.
Excessive daytime sleepiness that results in “sleep attacks”, or an irresistible urge to sleep at inappropriate times.
Restless leg syndrome
Unpleasant sensation occurring in the legs at rest, producing an urge to move them, often characterized as aching, fidgety, or itchy.
The results of symptoms caused by these sleep disorders often closely correlate with other symptoms of menopause. For example, night sweats, the nighttime version of hot flashes, can disrupt sleep patterns by waking a woman up several times during the night. Sleep disorders can also lead to further depression and anxiety, which may make sleep difficult. This can result in an ongoing cycle of nighttime sleeplessness and daytime sleepiness.
The rate of insomnia rises among women by 40% during the transitional period of perimenopause to postmenopause.
- Reduced capacity for learning, speech, and memory
- Inability to concentrate on daily tasks
- Higher chance of accidents, particularly in a car or operating machinery
- Tendency towards weight gain
- Weakened immune system
- Damage to personal or professional relationships
- Increased irritability
- Depression or fatigue
As sleep disorders continue, a person’s level of sleep deprivation grows, which can negatively impact a your health in a number of ways. Continue reading to know when it is time to seek professional help.
When to See a Doctor
Did You Know?
Sleep-related breathing disorders are associated with stroke, high blood pressure, psychiatric problems, and heart disease.
If you discover that your breathing is impaired during the night due to sleep apnea, or if the persistence of sleep disorders is causing endangerment to you or others, it is time to see a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, there are ways to get to the root of the problem and experience a complete night’s rest once again.