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Sleep Disorder - Know Its Types And Causes!

Dr. Sankalp Mohan 88% (89 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, Fellow In Pain Management, DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Gurgaon
Sleep Disorder - Know Its Types And Causes!

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy lifestyle. When a person is asleep, the body rejuvenates itself. Some people can fall asleep as soon as their head touches the pillow but others can find it hard to sleep. Conditions that affect a person’s ability to sleep properly over a long period of time are known as sleep disorders. There are many different types of sleep disorders.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder. This is marked by frequent interruptions in the person’s breathing. It may cause the person’s breath to become shallow or even stop briefly. In many cases, the person may not be aware of this happening while they sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway. This makes the chest muscles and diaphragm work harder to pull air into the lungs.

Insomnia
Insomnia can be described as an inability to fall asleep. Waking up frequently in the middle of the night and finding it difficult to go back to sleep or waking up earlier than planned in the morning are also characteristic signs of insomnia. There are two types of insomnia; primary and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia refers to the inability to sleep that is not connected to any other disease. If the person’s inability to sleep stems from another disease, it is known as secondary insomnia. There are a number of factors that could cause insomnia. This includes life changes such as shifting to a new home, death of a loved one or change of jobs, emotional discomfort, environmental factors such as light or noise, jet lag, stress, etc.

Restless Leg Syndrome
This sleep disorder is also classified as a neurological disorder. It is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move one’s legs while sleeping. This may be felt as a scratchy itchy, burning, pulling or throbbing sensation. Massaging the legs or moving it only provides temporary relief. The exact cause of this condition is not known but suffering from an iron deficiency, kidney failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or peripheral neuropathy can increase the risk of this sleep disorder.

Narcolepsy
This can be described as the brain’s inability to control its sleep cycle. This can make a person fall asleep unexpectedly during the day while falling asleep at night becomes more difficult. In most cases, this sleep disorder is caused by reduced levels of a neurotransmitter known as hypocretin.

So, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have difficulty sleeping, it is advised not to self-medicate and delay the treatment. Seek help from a professional right away and enjoy peaceful sleep.

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I feel sleepy always nd drowsy too, not able to concentrate and memorize anything, I'm suffering from sleep apnea what should I do?

Dr. Meeta Deshpande 95% (209 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Yoga Naturopathy
Homeopath, Thane
I feel sleepy always nd drowsy too, not able to concentrate and memorize anything, I'm suffering from sleep apnea wha...
Hello Do meditation yoga suryanamaskar daily. Lack of concentration and drowsiness may be due improper diet. Take balanced diet of dal rice green vegetables salads chapati fruits. You also need to consult for medicines fo fast recovery. You can consult me online on Lybrate.
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I have been suffering from sever sleep apnea and using cpap. Is there any treatment to avoid cpap. Another my problem is high triglycerides in between 400 to 800 as per my food intake it is all of our family history.

Dr. R.K.Chopra 91% (101 ratings)
MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
I have been suffering from sever sleep apnea and using cpap. Is there any treatment to avoid cpap. Another my problem...
1.OSA is not a good thing to have 2. Get PFT and ECG also 3. CPAP or BIPAP are important treatment options 4. Reduce your weight, bring BMI down to 20.
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I am overweight and feel stressed all the time. Have thyroid diabetes hypertension and stressed out and lethargic. I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Please suggest me something for sleep apnea.

Dr. Samadarshi Datta 93% (38 ratings)
MBBS, MD-Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Kolkata
I am overweight and feel stressed all the time. Have thyroid diabetes hypertension and stressed out and lethargic. I ...
You need to get examined and investigated thoroughly by sleep specialist as well as an ENT surgeon to guide you through your problems.
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7 Ways Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated!

Dr. Rajeev Arya 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Master of Surgery ENT
ENT Specialist, Faridabad
7 Ways Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated!

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder in which you stop and start breathing frequently while you are sleeping. Symptoms of sleep apnea often include loud snoring and fatigue even if you sleep uninterrupted through the night. Obesity and age are the common risk factors of sleep apnea.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the throat muscles contract and relax while you are asleep. The other type of sleep apnea, called central sleep apnea, usually occurs in people who have been diagnosed with brain tumors, infections or heart failure, or have had a stroke.

Treatment of sleep apnea includes:

  1. CPAP: The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device is generally recommended in the treatment of sleep apnea. CPAP is a breathing machine that stops your airways from getting blocked when you are sleeping. The CPAP device is normally the size of a tissue box. It comes with a mask that you put over your mouth and nose. The machine attached to the mask pumps a continuous flow of air that keeps your airways clear as you sleep.
  2. BPAP: The Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP) device is used as an alternative to the CPAP device, if you find it hard to adjust to the CPAP. If you have a weak pattern of breathing, the BPAP can be helpful.
  3. ASV: The Adaptive Servo-ventilation (ASV) device is used to treat both central and obstructive sleep apnea.
  4. Treatment for other medical conditions: Sometimes sleep apnea can be caused by underlying health conditions. Problems such as rhinitis (nasal passage inflammation) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) can cause sleep apnea. In such cases, your doctor needs to diagnose these conditions first before treating your sleep apnea.
  5. Lifestyle changes: Excessive weight sometimes can cause sleep apnea; so losing excessive weight should be a priority. Also, alcohol and tobacco can contribute to your symptoms, so try avoiding those.
  6. Medication: Usually, doctors do not prescribe any medicine, since sedatives and sleeping pills actually worsen sleep apnea. But, in case of sleep apnea in children, doctors typically suggest intra nasal corticosteroid medicine to treat the symptoms.
  7. Surgery: Surgeries to increase the size of your airway or to remove your adenoids, tonsils or extra tissues in the rear of your throat or your nose can prove helpful.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Sleep Apnea And Heart Disease - Understanding The Risks Associated!

MCH DNB (CTVS), Advanced fellowship, MS
Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery, Delhi
Sleep Apnea And Heart Disease - Understanding The Risks Associated!

We're all guilty of making fun of snorers but sometimes this snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing is not continuous and may start and stop many times while asleep. This affects the quality of your sleep and in turn can affect many aspects of your health including your cardiovascular health. Here's how:

High Blood Pressure
When a sleep apnea patient's breathing stops, the oxygen levels in the blood also suddenly fall. This can increase your blood pressure. High blood pressure means that the heart muscles need to work harder to pump blood through the body.

Cardiomyopathy
As a result of high blood pressure, the heart walls may become thicker and the heart muscles become stiffer. This is known as cardioyopathy. As this condition worsens, the heart becomes weaker and is unable to maintain a regular rhythm. This can eventually lead to heart failure.

Arrhythmia
An irregular heartbeat is also known as arrhythmia. This may also be related to the changes in the heart's structure that follow the drop in blood oxygen levels. In many cases, arrhythmia has no visible symptoms and can often go undiagnosed. This can result in the formation of blood clots in the atria which can lead to a stroke.

Sleep apnea is easy to diagnose. If the doctor feels that you show symptoms of sleep apnea, you may be asked to stay on the hospital overnight and undergo a sleep evaluation. This tests a variety of body functions including brain activity, eye movements, heart rate, breathing patterns and blood oxygen levels.

Treatment for sleep apnea depends on the causes for this condition. If you are overweight, regular exercise and a change in diet can help you lose the excess weight and cure sleep apnea. Similarly, if your sleep apnea is triggered by an allergy, treating the allergy can help cure the sleep apnea. Other forms of treatment for sleep apnea may include:

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
This is a machine which pumps air into the body through a nasal mask. By keeping the pressure in the machine higher than normal air pressure the upper airway passages are kept open and hence the quality of your sleep is improved. An auto CPAP machine can modulate the air pressure such that it is higher when you inhale and lower when you exhale.;

Oral devices
Your doctor may suggest oral devices that allow you to keep your mouth open while you sleep. This is easier to use than CPAP machine but less effective.

Surgery is the last resort when it comes to treatment for sleep apnea. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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My age is 28, my problem is become sleep in afternoon, I want to controls my sleep in day time but not use, Sleep coming in duty time also, please suggest some medicines to control my sleep.

Dr. Meeta Deshpande 95% (209 ratings)
D S Homeopathic Medical College, Muhs
Homeopath, Thane
My age is 28, my problem is become sleep in afternoon,
I want to controls my sleep in day time but not use,
Sleep com...
Do some yoga and meditation. If you are stressed please be calm. Try to avoid to sleep in daytime and sleep at night. Try reading a book listen to soft music. Avoid alcohol smoking. Do not drink lot ofcoffee or tea 1 cup a day is a limit. Eat a balanced diet consisting of green leafy vegetables chapati rice dal curds and salads. Avoid junk foods. Take SBLS Passiflora mother tincture 5 drops with half glass of water in late evening [2 hours before sleep]for 7 days. For any queries and consultation CONSULT ONLINE IN PRIVATE.
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Kindly help me urgently. I get sleep whole day. I feel tired. I sleep every time. Even if I sit for an idle time body goes into dull state due to which I am unable to perform any of required task in day.

Dr. Tanmay Palsule 96% (3537 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Kindly help me urgently.
I get sleep whole day. I feel tired. I sleep every time. Even if I sit for an idle time body...
There are many causes of excessive sleepiness, and sometimes an underlying sleep disorder is responsible. Most sleep disorders disrupt a person's slumber—usually by shortening the length of time asleep or reducing the quality of sleep—making the person drowsy during the day as a result. One fairly common reason for excessive sleepiness is obstructive sleep apnea. People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) struggle to breathe during the night and wake up many times per hour as a result. These wake ups continually interrupt the natural cycles of sleep, with all its lighter and deeper stages. As a result, the person doesn't have sufficient and healthy sleep and feels drowsy the next day. Many people with OSA don't realize they have it, because they wake up so briefly they believe they have slept continuously through the night Insomnia is another common cause of excessive sleepiness Another less common sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness is narcolepsy There are behavioral, psychological, and medical treatment options for sleep disorders. If you feel excessively sleepy, it's important to consult online for medication —if a sleep disorder is the root, you can get started working on a strategy to treat it, improve your night's sleep, and feel alert and productive the next day. For medication consult online in private.
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I am sleep apnea patient and using resmed cpap with nasal mask but than too sometimes I feels sleepy at day time and sometimes my pulse rate increases.

Dr. G.R. Agrawal 95% (20992 ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
I am sleep apnea patient and using resmed cpap with nasal mask but than too sometimes I feels sleepy at day time and ...
Hello, Need to monitor your weight, first. Go for meditation to calm your nerves to reduce your stress to check sleep apoenia. Your diet be easily digestible on time to check your weight. Take, plenty of water to hydrate your body. Take homoeopathic medicine:@ Calcarea carb 200-5 drops, thrice. Take care.
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4 Most Common Sleep Disorders

Dr. Sankalp Mohan 88% (89 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, Fellow In Pain Management, DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Gurgaon
4 Most Common Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorder is a serious problem which a large number of people are facing due to multiple reasons. Almost every other person complains of having some sort of sleep disorder, irrespective of his/her age. Sleep disorders may come across as something which can be overlooked, but this shouldn’t be the case, as when the problem aggravates it can take quite a scary turn. You need to be aware of the different kinds of sleep disorders which affect a vast number of people, on a daily basis. Given below are some of the most common ones which affect the majority of the crowd.

1. Insomnia
Insomnia, a worldwide epidemic, is the most common type of sleep disorder today. A number of factors can cause insomnia and affect even the healthiest being. From stress, anxiety or depression, substance and alcohol abuse to certain types of medication, a lot of factors can cause this issue. People who have insomnia have difficulty in sleeping and then maintaining that sleep. A cognitive behavioral therapy can help people suffering from this disorder. Often medications are also prescribed.

2. Sleep Apnea
If you have a partial or complete blockage of the throat then, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. This disorder is the second most prevailing sleep disorder in the world today. People who suffer from this disorder hardly realize it until someone informs them about having the trouble. Some of the common symptoms of Sleep apnea are morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, and excessively loud snoring as well. People suffering from apnea may also face trouble breathing multiple times per night. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine is a common treatment for this disorder.

3. RLS or Restless Leg Syndrome
The real reason behind RLS is still not known by experts, however, most believe the real cause of the disorder is hereditary. Some medications can also be a cause of restless leg syndrome. In this disorder, an urge to move your legs and hands precedes the need to sleep. RLS usually occurs when the patient is resting. In order to treat the restless leg syndrome, one must reduce the consumption of alcohol and caffeine along with doing regular exercises. For more severe cases, often medications are prescribed. RLS is observed more in women than in men.

4. Narcolepsy
People with narcolepsy often complain about falling asleep during odd times and feeling weak quite often. An abnormality in the brain is usually the reason behind this sleep disorder. Patients of narcolepsy often develop cataplexy which is a condition where patients feel faintish as an emotional reaction to any situation. People suffering from narcolepsy are given medications as a treatment.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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