Sleep disorders are a group of conditions that affects the ability to sleep well on a regular basis. A sound sleep is necessary to carry out the day to day activities efficiently. Disturbed sleep is responsible for decreasing the quality of life. There are a number of conditions that comes under sleep disorders. These are:
Insomnia is inability to fall asleep or disturbed sleep. This may be due to stress, anxiety, depression or any other medical condition.
This condition is characterized by stoppage of breathing or irregular breathing pattern during sleep
Uncomfortable urge to move legs while trying to fall asleep is known as restless leg syndrome. It is often associated with disease conditions like Parkinsonism and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Narcolepsy is suddenly falling asleep without any warning.
Abnormal behavior during sleep like sleep walking, talking, bed wetting, nightmares etc. re known as parasomnia.
Difficulty falling asleep
Tiredness during daytime
Lack of concentration
Unusual breathing pattern
Unusual urge to move legs
Anxiety and stress
Respiratory disorders like allergies, infections that causes difficulty to breath
Frequent urgency to urinate
Chronic painful health conditions like Arthritis, Headaches etc.
Dealing with depression and anxiety
Old age above 60
People working in night shift
Practice yoga and meditation
Avoid alcohol consumption, smoking and excessive caffeine intake
Avoid sleeping during daytime
Try to sleep at the same time everyday
Insomnia is treated using a combination of therapies which includes use of oral medications especially medhya rasayan and panchkarma therapies like shirodhara, shiroabhyanga, padabhayanga, shirobasti, nasya, Abhyangam. Yoga and meditation are also proven very effective for treating insomnia and are advised accordingly.