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What Type of Sleep Order Do You Have

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By: Jerry Cahill

Today there are a number of different types of sleeping disorders that have been identified. These affect millions of people around the world. Sleeping disorders are considered to be any disorder that happens and is observable in the sleep patterns of a person or animal. There are several ommon types of sleeping disorders. These include hypopnea syndrome, bruxism, jet lag, parasomnias, delayed sleep phase syndrome, insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, rapid eye movement behavior disorder, shift work sleep disorder, sleep apnea, sleep paralysis, sleepwalking, snoring as well as many other numerous sleeping problems.

It may surprise you to learn that one of the most common types of sleeping disorders is that of sleepwalking. Sleepwalking is a sleeping disorder in which the person undertakes activities while in a sleeplike state or still asleep. This type of sleeping disorder can affect people of all ages, and includes such activities as eating, dressing, and even driving cars have all been reported of occurring while a person was in a sleepwalking state.

Another type of sleeping disorders thais quite common is that of parasomnias. Parasomnias include any type of sleep disorder such as night terrors, rhythmic movement disorder, restless leg syndrome, sleep sex, teeth grinding, REM behavior disorder, and somniloquy. Stress or depression are often associated with these types of sleeping disorders. Those that are included in the parasomnia category are considered as being acute, undesirable, and episodic physical phenomena that are exaggerated by sleep or occur during sleep.

Sleep apnea is another sleeping disorder. It is characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Usually there are two basic forms of sleep apnea. One is central and the other is obstructive. The central form of sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted by the lack of effort. The obstructive form of sleep apnea occurs when there is an actual physical blockage to the airflow.

Because of our fast paced world jet lag is an incredibly frequent and commonly reported sleeping disorder that is a condition that is a basic consequence of alterations to the circadian rhythm. In other words, when traveling across a number of time zones, the human body immediately gets out of sync with the destination time. This causes one to experience daytime and nighttime contrary to the rhythms that one has grown accustomed to. When this happens you might feel like having breakfast immediately upon arriving in Rome at midnight. Jet lag occurs most often for those people who spend a lot of time traveling, especially in airplanes or jet planes.

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