Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are problems with sleeping, including trouble falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at the wrong times, too much sleep, or abnormal behaviors during sleep.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

There are more than 100 different sleeping and waking disorders. They can be grouped into four main categories:
  • Problems falling and staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Problems staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Problems sticking to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem)
  • Unusual behaviors during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviors)
PROBLEMS FALLING AND STAYING ASLEEP
Insomnia includes trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Episodes may come and go, last up to 3 weeks (be short-term), or be long-lasting (chronic).

PROBLEMS STAYING AWAKE
People with excessive daytime sleepiness feel tired during the day. Symptoms that are not caused by a lack of sleep or interrupted sleep are called hypersomnia.
Causes of this problem include:
  • Medical conditions such as fibromyalgia and low thyroid function
  • Mononucleosis or other viral illnesses
  • Narcolepsy and other sleep disorders
  • Obesity, especially if it causes obstructive sleep apnea
When no cause for the sleepiness can be found, it is called idiopathic hypersomnia.
PROBLEMS STICKING TO A REGULAR SLEEP SCHEDULE
Problems may also occur when you do not stick to a regular sleep and wake schedule. This occurs when people travel between time zones and with shift workers who are on changing schedules, especially nighttime workers.
Disorders that involve a disrupted sleep schedule include:
  • Irregular sleep-wake syndrome
  • Jet lag syndrome
  • Paradoxical insomnia (the person sleeps a different amount than they think they do)
  • Shift work sleep disorder
SLEEP-DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS
Abnormal behaviors during sleep are called parasomnias. They are fairly common in children and include:
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleepwalking
  • REM sleep-behavior disorder (a person moves during REM sleep and may act out dreams)

How can homeopathy help me

Homeopathic treatment helps you by
  • raising the brain threshold, so that your body can cope with stress and anxiety 
  • relieving tension 
  • removing depression 
  • promoting natural sleep with clear awakening 
  • improving well-being during the day 
  • reducing your dependency on sleeping pills 
  • reducing the risk of sleep complications from many illnesses 
  • resolving any underlying medical condition associated with sleep disorders
Homeopathic treatments are available for
  • central sleep apnea
  • dissomnias
    • chronic insomnia
    • insomnia
    • learned insomnia
    • primary insomnia
  • hypersomnias
    • disorders of excessive sleepiness
  • insomnia concerns
    • difficulty falling asleep
    • sleep issues
  • night terror
    • pavor nocturnus
    • sleep terror disorder
  • obstructive sleep apnea
    • obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
    • OSA
    • sleep-disordered breathing
  • parasomnias
    • abnormal behaviors during sleep
  • sleep disorders
  • sleep disorders in the elderly
  • sleepwalking
    • somnambulism
    • walking during sleep

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