are some common sleep disorders, as well as signs that
these conditions may be present:
- loud noises made at night when sleeping that
can be caused by obstruction in the nasal passages or
narrowing in the back of the throat.
Sleep Apnea - a condition that is associated
with snoring and difficulty exchanging air while sleeping.
Symptoms include excessive sleepiness during the day,
memory problems, and early morning headaches. Obstructive
sleep apnea is also associated with high blood pressure,
heart attacks, and strokes.
Leg Syndrome - this disorder is associated
with an irresistable urge to move one's legs while resting
or when going to sleep. People also describe aching,
ant crawling, and cramping in the legs. These symptoms
can be alleviated with walking.
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at bedtime.
There are many causes of insomnia such as depression,
anxiety, pain, drug effects or metabolic disorders (thyroid,
heart or lung problems, for example).
Walking - this is a disorder seen mostly in
children and young adults in which one walks about or
performs complex acts during a deep stage of sleep.
The individual has no recollection of performing these
types of behaviors.
Behavior Disorder - a condition ususally seen
in older individuals in which one acts out his or her
dreams. Acts of defensive behavior or fighting is commonly
seen. The individual may remember performing the acts
as they occur during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
This is the stage of sleep in which people dream. This
disorder is commonly associated with neurodegenerative
disorders like Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease.