Common Causes of Sleep Disorders

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Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep at night or staying asleep all night, waking frequently during the night, or an interruption in sleep quality which makes sleep appear less than adequate or even unappealing. Excessive daytime sleepiness also known as sleep disorder is a common problem which affects about 7% of Americans. Many people suffer from insomnia and don’t even know it. Fortunately, it’s a condition which can be easily treated.

Causes Of Falling Asleep

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In order to effectively treat insomnia, you need to understand the causes of falling asleep. If you do not learn to change your sleep habits, you will find that keeping them may be next to impossible. Many people don’t realize that their sleep habits are largely controlled by the amount of caffeine they take in throughout the day, and by the duration they spend on drugs and alcohol before bedtime. If you are taking any of these substances at all, it is highly recommended that you make some lifestyle changes. This includes cutting out caffeine, smoking, and alcohol.

Other factors may increase the chance that you will fall asleep. The following are just some of the most common ones: stress, pain, depression, anxiety, side effects of medicines, noise levels, and bright light. When you are having problems falling asleep, you should avoid these factors. These factors are most likely to cause sleeplessness during the night to the person realize how sensitive their brain is. If you feel anxious or depressed, or if you are stressed or hurting, try to relax more or visit a therapist.

Hypnagogic Jerks

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One of the biggest concerns for those suffering from insomnia is what can cause hypnagogic jerks to occur. While it is not completely clear what causes hypnagogic jerks, there are several things that have been proven to affect one’s ability to sleep. Many people experience hypnagogic jerks during stressful periods, and this typically occurs when a person is experiencing anxiety, anger, or even depression. The reason why hypnagogic jerks occur is that the brain releases chemicals that cause a person to fall asleep.

Restless And Clammy

There are several symptoms that are associated with hypnagogic jerks. Some people feel restless and clammy; others may feel “tingly” in their legs. The sensation of being “clothed in sweat” can also be a sign of hypnagogic jerk. One more symptom is feeling as though some “air is missing” in the room. Many individuals also report feeling as though they are having hallucinations. In rare instances, a hypnagogic jerk can be caused by a rare condition known as bradykinesia.

Summing Up

Individuals with neurological disorders are often prone to experiencing sleep problems. These neurological disorders can include diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Individuals with these types of illnesses experience a variety of different symptoms including daytime sleepiness, mental disorientation, depression, irritability, and difficulty falling asleep. The good news is that individuals with neurological disorders are often able to find effective ways of dealing with their sleeping disorders.

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