A Complete Guide for Sleep Disorders

A Complete Guide for Sleep Disorders

This blog includes:

What are Sleep Disorders?

 Different Types of Sleep Disorders

Symptoms of Sleep Disorders

Lifestyle Changes for Sleep Disorders

Small Take Away from Calm Sage

What are Sleep Disorders?

The conditions which affect the capability to sleep properly regularly are known to be sleep disorders which later on causes health problems or mental problems like stress, anxiety, or depression. Some people experience sleeping issues occasionally which is due to hectic schedules or stress. But, if not treated or counseled properly, such problems may interfere in daily life and may lead to sleeping disorders.

There are so many types of sleeping disorders. Deprived sleep also has negative effects on concentration, mood, energy, and overall health (including mental and physical health). If not treated properly, sleep disorders impacts relationships, performance at work, and the capability to perform daily chores.

 Different Types of Sleep Disorders

All the below-mentioned sleep disorders are caused due to sleep deprivation.

1. Insomnia

The inability to remain asleep or not falling asleep is known as insomnia. Insomnia is majorly caused by stress, anxiety, digestive problems, hormones, or jet lag. Insomnia affects the quality of life. Insomnia can lead to various chronic overall health issues like:

  • Irritation
  • Less focus
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Poor performance at work or studies

2. Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea refers to the condition where a person takes a lot of pauses while breathing during sleep. Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition that needs proper attention and treatment with counseling. Sleep Apnea is divided into two types:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: In this condition, the airflow stops due to airspace obstruction.
  • Central sleep apnea: In this condition, the connection between the muscles and brain controls your breath which results in difficulty in sleeping.

3. Parasomnias

In this condition, abnormal behaviors and movements can be observed while sleeping. For example:

  • Sleep talking
  • Sleepwalking
  • Nightmares
  • Groaning
  • Bedwetting
  • Jaw clenching

4. Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is the condition where the person keeps on moving legs during sleep. The urge to move the legs continuously while sleeping is due to the continuous tingling type sensation in legs. Sensation in legs can occur in the day as well but known to be most prevalent during the night while sleeping.

RLS can also be associated with conditions like Parkinson’s disease or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

4. Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy means sleep attacks while awake means the sudden feeling of tiredness or asleep without any warning. Narcolepsy is also associated with sleep paralysis which means not able to move properly after waking up.

Symptoms of Sleep Disorders:

Symptoms of sleep disorders may differ and totally depends on the type and severity of the sleeping disorder. Furthermore, sleep disorders are also associated with other conditions as well, therefore, symptoms of sleep disorders vary a lot. Below mentioned are some common symptoms to look out: (we suggest booking an appointment with your therapist if you are experiencing these)

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Day fatigue
  • Strong urge for sleeping tight
  • Change in breathing patterns
  • A lot of unusual movements while asleep
  • A lot of changes in sleeping pattern
  • Anxiety and stress
  • All-time irritability
  • Low performance at school or work
  • Depression
  • Stress and weight gain
  • Low diet

Lifestyle Changes to Include for Sleep Disorders

Below- mentioned are some tips to include in your lifestyle for better sleep:

  • Try to take a proper meal with more veggies, fruits, and fish. Try to reduce sugar intake
  • Try to exercise or meditate to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Drink less water before stepping in the bed
  • Reduce caffeine amount specifically after evening

Try these tips to fall asleep in 10, 60, or 120 seconds

Small Take Away from Calm Sage

If you or your closed one is experiencing such symptoms, we strongly recommend booking an appointment with your therapist or health care provider, before you conclude anything on your own.

After getting the prescription, try to strictly follow the treatment plan and keep sharing your feelings with your counselor or therapist.

I hope this blog helps you to understand sleep disorders in brief. For more such content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.

Thanks for reading!


  1. mariya jonsan

    I have Insomnia and its affect my life and daily routine but when i am doing yoga and self mediation after that i make my life calm and peace full and sleeping well.

    1. Aayushi Kapoor

      Indeed Mariya, Meditation and Yoga are really beneficial when it comes to sleeping disorders. Thank you so much and keep reading more @calmsage.com

  2. Janny

    I am gaining weight, is it due insomnia?

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