If you have tried every remedy to get to sleep, from cutting out caffeine to setting a bedtime routine, you may need to see your doctor, who can help to solve the mystery of the sleepless nights. Diagnosing sleep disorders in people is often a difficult thing for doctors to do, because everyone goes through periods of not sleeping well during some part of their life. Here are some of the most common sleep disorders and signs that indicate you are suffering from this sleep disorder, and whether you should consult your doctor or not.
Snoring is probably one of the largest sleep disorders that people suffer from. Snoring, while not dangerous, can be really disturbing for the sufferers and their family. We all know at least one person that we will not invite over as a guest, because when we do, we all can not get a good night's sleep due to the snoring that resonates out of the guest bedroom. We all know what snoring sounds like, but what causes it? Snoring is caused when the airways are not opened enough. If you suffer from snoring, do not worry because it is one of the simplest sleep disorders to cure (and if it does not bother you, you can simply live with). If you want to try to cure your snoring by yourself, the experts recommend that you lose any excess weight. Being the ideal weight will allow your airways to open up more, and may solve the problem. Other things to avoid are alcohol, sleeping on your back and sleeping at irregular times.
Another sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans every year is insomnia. Insomnia is not being able to sleep, even though you are tired, the lights are out, and no one is making a lot of noise. If you experience a bout of insomnia, you should know that you are not alone. If it lasts a long time, you should see your doctor, because there are many different drugs that could work to solve this problem. If you do not want to use a prescription or non-prescription drug, there are several remedies that you can try that are natural, for example deep breathing and herbs, such as valerian root.
If your snoring is really loud, it may be a sign of a more serious (and less common) problem: sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where your airways are constricted and the sufferer can actually stop breathing for several seconds. Sleep apnea can be a very dangerous condition, and can cause other problems if left untreated, such as high blood pressure and other heart problems. If you think that you or your spouse has sleep apnea, you should definitely talk to your doctor today.
Snoring and sleep apnea are sleep disorders that affect men more often than women. One of the few sleep disorders that hits women more than men is restless leg syndrome. This syndrome makes falling to sleep difficult, because the sufferer has the urge to move their legs. There is no cure for restless leg syndrome that works for every sufferer, but sometimes it is caused by other conditions, such as diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Often, curing these problems and getting enough exercise will solve the problem of having a leg that does not want to stay still.
The list of sleep disorders is long, and if you are suffering from any sleep disorder, the first step to solving this frustrating situation is get as much information about the disorder. With some knowledge, your doctor's help, and support from your family friends, you can get a great night's sleep and wake up refreshed.