What are Sleep Disorders?
Sleep is what recharges the brain and gives you the ability to function efficiently. Not getting enough sleep or conversely, getting too much sleep can impact your brain function and physical health significantly. Sleep Disorders are a group of conditions affecting millions of people worldwide, impacting a person’s ability to get a good night’s rest. If you’ve yet to be diagnosed with a sleep disorder, you’ll want to note that signs include excessive daytime fatigue, irregular breathing during sleep, and difficulty falling asleep.
There are 4 different types of Sleep Disorders:
- Sleep Apnea
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the course of the night. Common causes are stress, depression, anxiety, or other emotional or psychological causes.
Symptoms of Insomnia:
- Inability to fall asleep
- Inability to remain sleeping through the night
- Chronic tiredness
What is Hypersomnia?
Hypersomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by extreme tiredness, in which an individual has difficulty staying awake during the day, even if the individual had a long sleep. Hypersomnia affects one’s memory, attention, and focus. Common causes are problems in brain systems that affect sleeping and waking functions.
Symptoms of Hypersomnia:
- low energy
- memory difficulties
- the decline of attention and focus
- loss of appetite
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by an abnormality where an individual will cease to breathe for seconds to minutes at a time during the night while asleep. This results in oxygen deficiency in the brain, which ultimately makes an individual be chronically tired during the day. Common causes are when muscles in the throat relax too much where it prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
- chronic tiredness
- decreased mental performance
- oxygen deficiency
- loud snoring
- high blood pressure
- awakening by gasping or choking
- mood changes
What is Narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by extreme tiredness, sleep paralysis, hallucinations, and episodes of involuntarily falling asleep throughout the day. The causes of this sleep disorder are unknown, but for some, it’s been found they may have low levels of the chemical hypocretin, which regulates your REM cycle and awakeness. It is also likely that genetics plays a role, even though the transferral rate from parent to child is 1%.
Symptoms of Narcolepsy
- chronic tiredness
- random and uncontrolled falling asleep
- muscle loss
- sleep paralysis
What Causes Sleep Disorders?
Most people experience sleep impairments due to stress, busy schedules, jet lag from travel, or other external influences. But when they persist, it may be an indication of a sleep disorder. A sleep disorder can also be a symptom of another medical or mental health issue, so as appropriate medication or treatment is in place, the disorder does too.
Elumind’s Way of Help
To complement traditional medication and therapies, Elumind will provide you with therapies of Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Clinical Hypnosis. These treatments help identify the root of the problem and then aid by focusing on why sleep patterns are disrupted and how they can be refocused.
- Neurofeedback helps to restore your natural sleep patterns through advanced qEEG technology and by directing brainwave activity. This will help to improve the natural transition of your central nervous system from a hyperactive state to a resting state.
- Biofeedback therapy helps you to regulate and control your body’s own physiological functions so you can reduce the nervous excitability that’s getting in the way of your sleep.
- Clinical hypnosis can help those with sleep disorders by helping them – their mind and body to relax and let go of the anxieties and thoughts that may be preventing them from sleep.