Types of Sleep Disorder – The Causes of Excessive Daytime Sleeps
There are some days in which we feel tired all day. This is usually caused by lack of good night sleep before and the previous day intense work. In some cases, symptoms of cold or flu may also contribute. Extreme fatigue feeling can be remedied with good rest in the day time or adequate sleep the next night.
For some people tiredness feeling and rundown leaving their bed in the morning is an everyday thing. Those with continuous lack of sleep, this can cause them health problems such as:
- Thyroid problems
- And chronic fatigue during the day can result into sleep disorder.
What then is excessive daytime sleepiness?
This is a feeling of day time fatigue that claims most time of your daily activities. Excessive daytime sleepiness individuals experiences ceaseless tiredness feeling during daytime even if they got reasonable sleep every other night.
Symptoms of EDS
- Difficulty getting up from bed
- Feeling sleepy excessively during the day
- Experiencing lost of energy in the day
- Taking or wanting frequent naps during the day
- Sleeping off in awkward time during meals, in the middle of discussion and at times when driving
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of focus or concentration
- Anxiety or irritability feelings
- Poor academic or work performance
Types of Sleep Disorder
Obstruction sleep apnea: This is the most common sleep disorder globally. In the United States over twenty million adult is affected by OSA. OSA refers to a disorder in which people occasionally experience a stop in breathe while sleeping at night. The cessation can last up to 10 seconds and can happen up to 100 times per night. Obstructive apnea usually occurs when there is blockage of the upper respiratory air passages. This makes the throat muscle to collapse while the tongue falls back into the air passages or becomes enlarge and or the lymphatic tissue hinders the flow of air. During apnea event, the brain wake itself by signaling the respiratory organs to continue functioning. Most time patient undergoing this situation may not know this is happening to them unless their partner informs them on their night sleep breathing interruption.
Due to the fact that OSA patient wakes up at night without knowing they were awake, it affects the quality of sleep they have. This is the main reason why people facing this disorder experience day time sleepiness.
Narcolepsy Sleep Disorder: Narcolepsy is sleep disorder affecting one out of two thousand people. Narcolepsy which is a neurological disorder results to inability of the brain to control sleep/ wakeup cycle. In most people, sleep occurs in two stages; the rapid eye movement (NEM) and the non rapid eye movement (NREM). Those with normal sleeping pattern have 5 to ninety minute’s cycle of alternating from REM and NREM with up to 75 percent sleep spent in the NREM cycle. In the REM sleep stage, the brain events heighten and most patients experience dreams. But in the NREM stage, the body relaxes in order to repair and build up bones and tissues to strengthen the immune system. For those suffering Narcolepsy sleep disorder, sleep begins at the remaining stage and a short REM occurs involuntarily during waking up hours.
While causes of Narcolepsy can’t still be explained, medical experts have not been able to discover that people with this disorder have a reduced amount of neurotransmitter hypocretin that encourages wakefulness.
Excessive daytime sleepiness is one of the most common symptoms of Narcolepsy. Sufferers are not only having the need of sleeping most times but can also have sleep attack.
Restless Leg Syndrome: Neurological disorder is the cause of RLS which make someone unable to control the urge of legs movement. In rare cases, the limbs and other parts of the body may be involved. RLS sufferers feel unexplained pain, discomforting sensation, crawling feelings in the legs etc. the symptoms mostly occur during restfulness time like when you’re trying to sleep. RLS discomfort ranges from serious form of irritations to painful moments.
Since this type of sleep disorder causes you uncomfortable time and pain, the need to move your leg to ease the symptoms while you still sleeping influences the quality of sleep RLS sufferers experience overnight. Most RLS persons complain of sleeping difficulty and stay awake, hence make them experience daytime sleepiness as they couldn’t sleep during the night.
If you are among those experiencing any of the sleeping disorder, that’s not the end of the road. There are medication you can try and other daily practice to engage in for a solution.
Categorised in: Tips & Guide