Sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and hypersomnia can make life unbearable at times. Chronic loss of sleep associated with sleep disorders is a risk to one’s health. It is possible that if left untreated, these disorders might lead to more serious health concerns such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. It can also make it dangerous to perform certain tasks such as driving kids to school or working with heavy machinery as a job. The good news is that a medical professional can help. Depending on the severity of one’s condition, it is possible to be treated with medication or one might have to visit a sleep disorder clinic for more severe conditions. Solutions do exist.
Narcolepsy can affect up to 1 in 2,000 people, and in many cases, people can go untreated and undiagnosed for years. Narcolepsy affects people in various ways. It is most common that people will sleep excessively. It is also possible that people will experience hallucinations, sleep paralysis and sleep attacks. If one has narcolepsy in the form of cataplexy, they will lose muscle control suddenly. While some forms of narcolepsy do not have any particular known cause, cataplexy is believed to be caused by the loss of hypocretin in the brain. This is an essential chemical to regulate wakefulness. The result of the lack of hypocretin is to slur words, collapse or slump over where one sits. Narcolepsy of all forms can be harmful to one’s life from poor productivity at work to injuries as a result of a collapse.
What is Hypersomnia? Hypersomnia is another type of sleep disorder when a person continues to be excessively sleepy during traditional waking hours despite the fact the person slept sufficiently the night prior. It is possible that this condition could be a result of another underlying issue or it could be the primary condition. If extreme fatigue is the only symptom present, it is likely one has hypersomnia as a primary condition. If other medical symptoms exist, it is likely a secondary condition. Medical concerns that may cause hypersomnia include sleep apnea, Parkinson’s, kidney failure, heart and brain conditions and various forms of depression. It is possible that an individual could become susceptible to hypersomnia if they smoke or drink on a regular basis. Hypersomnia is often accompanied by anxiety, irritability, restlessness, memory issues, low energy and loss of appetite.
It is possible to be a victim of any number of additional sleep issues and disorders. Snoring and restless leg syndrome are two of the biggest anti-sleeping culprits. Nearly one-third of all Americans experience snoring at various levels of frequency. It is possible to snore for any number of reasons. It might be related to one’s age, being overweight, having too narrow of a passageway, inflammation due to allergies or regular alcohol consumption. These are considered the non-harmful reasons for snoring; however, in many instances, snoring is the result of a more serious condition. See a doctor as soon as possible if one experiences symptoms such as excessive sleepiness, sudden weight gain, nighttime chest pain, memory loss, inability to concentrate or irregular breathing at night. Restless leg syndrome is another sleep issue that prevents people, and their partners, from sleeping well. Basically, when a person has restless leg syndrome, they are unable to control the urge to move their legs as they rest. This can be painful in many cases. It can occur in both children and adults alike.
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