Sleep Disorders, I bet you or someone you know has one! (these are the main ones)
Sleep Disorders, I bet you or someone you know has one!
From the data we have collected we find that up to 1 out of every 3 people in the U.S. have sleep disorders. Ok, it may not be you (it never is, right?) If it isn’t it definitely is someone you know.
Ask yourself- Do you sleep well at night? Does your spouse? Do your children?
What are the main sleep disorders?
First we better describe what sleep disorders are- in layman’s terms it is when your sleep patterns are off. Btw, they can be serious enough to harm a person’s physical, mental, emotional and/or social health.
1. OSA/ Obstructive Sleep Apnea- This is the sleep disorder that is the most common. It is estimated that up to 80% of all sleep disorders are #OSA. Short version is when your back of your throat and your tongue collapse together is when you usually end up with OSA.
2. Central Sleep Apnea- This one isn’t quite as common. It is when your brain just isn’t telling your body to breathe. As you can tell, definitely NOT GOOD!
3. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)- The estimation is about 10% of the U.S. population gets this. It is when your nervous system has something not totally right happening that causes your legs to involuntarily twitch. Not fun and can totally mess with your sleep. (Periodic limb movement disorder is thrown in with this and is very similar.)
4. Narcolepsy- Only about 1 out of every like 2,000 people has this. When you have it you know because you can’t sleep at normal times. This is usually caused because someone’s Hypocretin (helps us regulate when we sleep, when we stay awake and our REM sleep) is very low.
5. Insomnia- It looks like the numbers for people with this are high and rising. It is estimated that up to 30% of adults have insomnia. Wow! This is when you have trouble sleeping altogether. This could be genetic or inherited. Whatever it is, the best way to fight it= stay away from stress and when you can’t sleep like you are supposed to don’t try to. Get out of bed and focus on something relaxing like reading a slow paced book or listening to soft and soothing music.
Those are the mains
The ones listed above are the main sleep disorders you need to worry about. There are many ways to combat them and I will write more about this in the future. For now I wanted to identify them for you so you can see what may or may not be happening in your sleep.
A person’s sleep is worth more to them then gold. If they get a good night’s sleep life is so much more manageable. Take their sleep from them and you will not only erode their life, but it could actually kill them.
P.S. If you are someone you know wants to find out what is going on with their sleep contact me via putting their info in the top bar or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will help them to the best of my ability.