Increasingly stressful lifestyles, endless cups of coffee and unfulfilled to-do lists, no wonder chronic sleep disorders are becoming increasingly common. If you find that you’re counting sheep at night longer than you’d like, you may have a condition that may need a doctor’s consult. Here are some of the most common sleep disorders, which may be affecting you:

Sleep Apnea

This usually results in breathing irregularities whilst you’re sleeping, with more than a 10 second gap between breaths. It could also lead to snoring, chronic headaches, choking, gasping and a very sore throat.

Narcolepsy

This is a neurological disorder in which the body struggles to regulate sleep. That basically means that you could feel sleepy anytime, anywhere. The symptoms are usually unusual fatigue, hallucinations and loss of muscle control.

Insomnia

It is the most well-known sleep disorder, which results in poor or insufficient sleep. As a result, people find it difficult to fall asleep, which may affect their mood, wellbeing and body clock (circadian rhythm).

Sleepwalking

Strange behaviour during sleep such as talking, walking and subsequent difficulty in remembering the event is a condition that should be addressed immediately.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Have you ever felt an innate urge to move your legs vigorously while resting? If you have, you should probably get yourself checked for RLS. It is a condition where the leg feels uneasy, as if it is covered with tiny crawling ants. This syndrome affects 1 in 10 people in the US, according to the Florida Hospital.

Sleep Paralysis

This is a condition where a person may feel shackled, either mentally or physically. This may be manifested by a feeling that someone is in the room, or the sensation of a heavy weight on the chest.

The inability to fall asleep will take a toll on your day-to-day activities. Therefore, it is best to get professional advice on the matter as soon as possible.

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