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The clinical definition of a sleeping disorder is a disruptive pattern of sleep that may include difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep. There are over 100 different sleeping/waking disorders have been identified and for every one there is a different causation.
There are four basic categories that each sleeping disorder can be put into: insomnia, hypersomnia, sleep disruptive disorders, and basic trouble with adhering to a normal sleep pattern. Some symptoms of having a sleeping disorder are: difficulty in falling asleep, daytime drowsiness, loud snoring, fatigue, depression, anxiety and lower leg movements during sleep.
Common Sleeping Disorders
Insomnia is not considered a disease, as are some sleeping disorders, but it does affect 25% of the population occasionally, 10% as a chronic problem, and is the most common sleeping disorder of them all. Everyone experiences sleepless nights occasionally for various reasons, but chronic insomnia means that the brain is not getting enough rest, on a consistent basis, which can lead to greater problems.
Insomnia includes any combination of difficulty with falling asleep, staying asleep, intermittent wakefulness, and early-morning awakening. Some things that can cause or contribute to insomnia include: illness, depression, anxiety, stress, poor sleeping environment, caffeine, abuse, alcoholism, heavy smoking, physical discomfort, daytime napping, certain medical conditions, and other sleeping habits like going to bed early, and excessive time spent awake in bed.
Consistent insomnia can result in reduced energy level, irritability, disorientation, dark circles under the eyes, posture changes and fatigue.
It is important to consult with your family doctor to assess the causes of such disorder. Don't ignore it until it is too late for treatment.