What are Sleep Disorders?

Sleep Disorders affect millions of people worldwide. It is one of the most common disorders that affect everyday people. Not getting enough sleep or too much sleep can be and is detrimental to an individual’s health. Sleep is, after all, what recharges the brain, and thus your ability to function. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, then your ability to function properly is extremely limited.

What cause Sleep Disorders?

Sleep disorders are generally caused by some occurring triggering event such as a traumatic event resulting in limitations and difficulties sleeping. Often it is the result of a major life event that affects normal sleeping patterns. Once the event is resolved, the sleep pattern will return to normal. However, there are times when that is not the case and the sleep difficulties may continue.

There are many severe functional difficulties that arise due to sleep disorders. These affect academic, occupational and social aspects of an individual’s life and include:

  • Difficulty functioning in class due to lack of sleep

  • Trouble staying awake in class

  • Inability to work due to exhaustion, fatigue and constant tiredness

  • Unwilling to engage socially with others due to fatigue and lack of sleep

What is Insomnia?

Approximately 10-15% of the entire population present Insomnia like symptoms. That is an overwhelming number, and one that continues to grow. Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the course of the night. Not getting enough sleep results in significant impairments to regular functioning. Therefore it is vital that a suffering individual get immediate help.

Symptoms of Insomnia:

  • Inability to fall asleep

  • Inability to remain sleeping through the night

  • Fatigue

  • Chronic tiredness

  • Exhaustion

What is Hypersomnia?

Hypersomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by extreme tiredness, in which an individual has difficulty staying awake during the day and may fall asleep at any moment. Hypersomnia is often caused by other sleep disorders such as Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy.

Symptoms of Hypersomnia:

  • Inability to sleep through the night

  • Uncontrolled sleeping in the day

  • Tiredness

  • Fatigue

  • Exhaustion

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by periods of chronic tiredness during the day. This is usually the result of abnormalities in an individual’s sleeping pattern in which an individual will undergo periods of apnea (ceasing to breathe for seconds to minutes at a time) during the night. The apnea thus results in oxygen deficiency to the brain during sleep resulting in the individual being chronically tired during the day.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

  • Chronic tiredness

  • Sleeping abnormalities

  • Messed up sleeping pattern

  • Temporary breathing cease

  • Oxygen deficiency

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a sleep condition characterized by extreme tiredness throughout the day resulting in suddenly falling asleep at various points throughout the day. Narcolepsy usually lasts weeks to months and makes it debilitating for the individual to go about their regular functions.

Symptoms of Narcolepsy

  • Chronic tiredness

  • Random and uncontrolled falling asleep

  • Fatigue

How we can help:

The most effective treatments for any forms of sleep disorders are through Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Clinical Hypnosis . These treatments are extremely effective in helping discover the root of the problem and then helping to address it by focusing on why sleep patterns are disrupted and how they can be refocused.