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Sleep Disorders

What is Sleep Disorders??

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

Insomnia is inability to fall asleep or disturbed sleep. This may be due to stress, anxiety, depression or any other medical condition.

  • Sleep apnea

This condition is characterized by stoppage of breathing or irregular breathing pattern during sleep

  • Restless leg syndrome

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

Narcolepsy is suddenly falling asleep without any warning.

  • Parasomnia

Abnormal behavior during sleep like sleep walking, talking, bed wetting, nightmares etc. re known as parasomnia.

Difficulty falling asleep

Tiredness during daytime

Mood swings

Lack of concentration

Weight gain

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

Stress

Chronic disorders

People working in night shift

Smoking

Alcohol consumption

 

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Exercise regularly

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.

Before things get out of hand, consult your doctor. The sooner the better