Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Sleep disordersWhether it is a lack of sleep, excessive sleep, or disturbed sleep, there are many disorders that affect this necessary part of human life. The causes of sleep disorders vary from person to person, but they generally have to deal with various physical or psychological causes. Beyond not getting enough rest, there are other risks associated with sleeping disorders. This is why we have developed online therapy for sleep disorders here at

Types of Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are difficulties related to sleeping, including falling asleep, waking up during sleep, and other similar problems. They are broken up into two main categories depending on how they affect sleep. Below are some quick facts about dyssomnias and parasomnias.

  • Dyssomnias - These disorders center around problems with excessive or disturbed sleep patterns. They deal with sleep or being awake.
  • Primary Insomnia - Sleeplessness that cannot be attributed to medical or psychological reasons. Drug abuse or use of medications is also not present.
  • Primary Hypersomnia - Excessively deep or long sleep periods.
  • Narcolepsy - Excessive sleepiness during the day, including sudden "sleep attacks." 
  • Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder - Sleep is disrupted by irregular breathing patterns.
  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder - Waking up and going to sleep at different times.   
  • Unspecified Dyssomnia - When a person shows symptoms from several dyssomnia sleep disorders.
  • Parasomnias - These disorders revolve around unnatural behaviors, emotions, dreams or movements before, during or just after sleep. They are disorders that affect the transition between sleep and being awake.
  • Nightmare Terror - Bad dreams during REM sleep involving fear or terror that cause a person to wake completely from sleep. People typically clearly remember the dream and the source of the fear.
  • Sleep Terror Disorder - Unlike nightmares, people with sleep terror disorder only awaken partially after having bad dreams that occur during non-REM sleep, although they may be more vocal. Also, there is usually no memory of what was so frightening in the dream.  
  • Sleepwalking Disorder - When a person has motor activity while sleeping.
  • Unspecified Parasomnia - If someone exhibits symptoms from different parasomnias but it cannot be tied to one, this is the diagnosis used.

Causes of Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea - or trouble breathing during sleep - is the only sleep disorder that is definitely known to be hereditary. Biological factors are thought to play a role in other sleep disorders, however. Other causes may include mental or physical illnesses or even old age. Medications may also cause sleeping disorders. Whatever the cause, there are various symptoms that will appear with these types of disorders.

Symptoms and Dangers of Sleep Disorders

As with the causes, the symptoms of sleep disorders are going to vary when it comes to specifics, but they primarily affect a person's sleep pattern in various ways. The basic dangers of sleep disorders are that they can affect the amount of rest you get each night, which can cause problems making it through the day. Others may develop other mental disorders, like depression, because of their inability to sleep normally.

  • Inability to fall asleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Excessive sleeping during the day
  • Disruptions while in REM sleep
  • Sudden awakening from sleep
  • Fear or terror at night
  • Disruptions while not in REM sleep

Treatment for Sleep Disorders

While the exact method of treatment is going to vary depending on the exact type of sleep disorder being dealt with, here at, you can get help from trained therapists who specialize in all types of sleep disorders. With GoMentor 24/7, they can help give the information and guidance needed to handle sleep problems. This can help you get through your problems with sleeping so it can lead to a more normal and healthy life.

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