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Bedroom Advice: Your Guide to Sleep Disorders

Like food and water, sleep is essential for a human being to live. What if a human being is denied the proper amount of sleep for a long period of time? That person will develop health problems in the same manner that someone who eats an unbalanced diet or goes without water does. The human body is dependent on sleep. There are a number of sleep disorders that cheat people out of their precious hours of sleep.


Bruxism
Bruxism, or the grinding of teeth while asleep, is experienced by most people at some time in their lives. In many people it causes little or no problems, yet in others it can create health problems, especially tooth deterioration. Bruxism can be treated by the use of mouth guards and splints and other methods.
Bruxism: Bruxism is characterized as the gnashing of teeth. This website has information about bruxism, its causes, and how it is treated.
Symptoms, Signs, and Consequences of Bruxism: Bruxism can cause sensitive, cracked teeth. Find out more signs and consequences of bruxism.
Tooth Grinding and Teeth Clenching: This webpage has more information about bruxism and a number of images of examples of bruxism.


Cataplexy
Cataplexy means, "to strike down." Cataplexy is sometimes confused with epilepsy because, when someone experiences a cataplectic fit, they will suddenly lose muscle control. The loss of muscle control can vary from a slight sagging or drooping to the complete loss of all muscle control. Often, someone suffering from cataplexy will also suffer from narcolepsy.
Cataplexy: Find out more about cataplexy on this webpage that includes information and video of a cataplectic fit.


Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS)
A disorder of the body's biological clock, Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, or DSPS, occurs when a body's clock gets out of time with normal sleeping times. Someone suffering from DSPS may become more awake as the evening wears on and not fall asleep until early in the morning and then sleep late into the day. Some people who have DSPS still receive a healthy amount of sleep, but others who are afflicted by it experience symptoms similar to that of jet lag.
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome: Find out more about DSPS on this webpage.
DSPS and Other Sleep Terminology: This website has information about a number of sleep disorders including DSPS.
DSPS in Kids: Kids can be troubled with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome as well. This webpage contains information about how this syndrome effects kids and what you can do about it.


Hypersomnia
Those who suffer with hypersomnia find themselves sleepy all the time. People with this disorder will often take naps with little regard for where they are. Regardless of how many naps that people with hypersomnia take, they feel tired. Hypersomnia has a number of causes including depression, other sleep disorders, and brain damage.
What is Hypersomnia: Hypersomnia can interfere with a person's life and cause serious consequences. This webpage explains hypersomnia, its causes, and possible treatments.
Hypersomnia: People with hypersomnia can fall asleep at any time. Find out more about this disorder on this website.


Insomnia
If you are having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep, you may have insomnia. Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that can cause severe health problems because of the lack of quality sleep that its sufferers receive. Most people experience insomnia at one time or another during their life, but if it is a recurrent problem, sufferers will require medical help.
Insomnia: What is insomnia? What can you do about insomnia? This webpage is full of information and possible treatments for insomnia.
How to Get to Sleep: This webpage answers questions about insomnia.


Narcolepsy
When people fall asleep, most people experience non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM) prior to experiencing rapid eye movement sleep, or REM. People who suffer from narcolepsy have different sleep patterns. They experience REM sleep prior to NREM sleep. This change in sleeping patterns leave people with narcolepsy tired and they often fall asleep suddenly. This can be a very dangerous disorder.
Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Narcolepsy: While there is no cure for narcolepsy, there are treatments. This webpage outlines the details of narcolepsy and possible treatments.
All About Narcolepsy: This webpage is full of information about narcolepsy, forums for those suffering with narcolepsy, and web resources.
Sleep Disorders: Find out more about sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, on this website dedicated to sleep disorders.


Nocturia
Sufferers of the sleep disorder nocturia awaken frequently in the night to in order to pass urine. While this may seem like a small nuisance, studies have found that those who have to void numerous times during sleep have a higher mortality rate. Those who suffer from nocturia should visit a physician to see if they have an underlying health problem.
Nocturia: This webpage has a definition and other information about nocturia.
Nighttime Voiding: Find out more about nocturia, its symptoms, treatments on this webpage.


Nocturnal Enuresis
Nocturnal Enuresis, or bed wetting, is a common childhood problem. While this sleep disorder is embarrassing and uncomfortable for the sufferer, it is usually a transient problem and clears up by the time a child reaches 10 years of age.
Bed Wetting: Bedwetting affects five to seven million children in the United States. This webpage has an informational article about bed wetting including suggestions for a treatment plan.
All About Nocturnal Enuresis: More information about Enuresis causes and treatments can be found on this webpage.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects more than 18 million Americans. The word apnea is a greek word that means, "without breath." Sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea stop breathing numerous times during the night. Because of the frequent interruption of the sufferers sleep, they may experience health problems related to this sleep disorder.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Find out more about this common sleep disorder on this informative webpage.
Children and Sleep Apnea: The most common cause of sleep apnea in children is enlarged tonsils or adenoids. This webpage explains how sleep apnea can affect a child.


Parasomnias
Parasomnias are a collection of sleep disorders. Included in parasomnias are nightmares, sleep walking, night terrors, talking in your sleep, and many other sleep disorders. Treatment depends upon the parasomnia that is experienced.
Types, Causes, and Effects of Parasomnias: There are many different types of parasomnias. Find out about the different types, causes, and treatments on this webpage.
Examples of Parasomnias: Confusional Arousal is one type of the many parasomnias discussed on this webpage.


Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Disorder (RBD)
When people dream their bodies are paralyzed, if they weren't their bodies would act out their dreams and could cause harm to themselves or those around them. Those who suffer from Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Disorder, or RBD, are not paralyzed and are in danger when they sleep. Medication and setting up special sleep spaces can help treat RBD.
REM Behavior Disorder: This webpage has information on diagnosing and treating RBD.
RBD: Find out more about RBD on this webpage.


Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Sufferers of Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS, often describe a feeling of something creeping or burning sensation in their legs. RLS sufferers can have trouble falling to sleep because the feeling in their legs is so distracting they cannot sleep. RLS can affect sufferers day to day life.
Restless Leg Syndrome: This website is full of information about Restless Leg Syndrome including links to other web resources.
What is RLS?: Sufferers of RLS can find scientific information, an online community, and support group on this website dedicated to RLS.
RLS: What is RLS and what are the treatments for it, are questions that are answered on this webpage.


Sexsomnia
Sexsomnia, or sleep sex, is a parasomnia in which the sufferer has sex while still asleep. A sufferer of sexsomnia can initiate sex, participate in sex, and have no memory of it when they awaken. This sleep disorder affects men in a much higher rate than women.
Sleep, sex, and the web: Sexsomnia is newly discovered disorder. This article explores sexsomnia and the ability to study the disorder with the use of the internet.
Scary Sleeping: Sleeping can be scary when you suffer from a sleeping disorder. This article describes five parasomnias including sexsomnia.


Sleep Paralysis
Sufferers of sleep paralysis awaken but are unable to move. This is a frightening experience. Old wives tales explain this phenomenon by suggesting that an old hag has come into the sleeper's room and has sat upon their chest, in an effort to steal their breath away.
Awake But Still Asleep: This article takes an in-depth look at sleep paralysis and its cause.
Sleep Paralysis: Find out the cause, the superstitions behind, and the treatment of sleep paralysis in this article.


Snoring
45 percent of people snore. A sleep disorder, snoring can be a cause of sleep loss for the snorer and any person sleeping with the person who snores. Snoring can be a sign of an underlying health problem. People who snore can suffer medical and social side effects from this sleep disorder.
Insight Into Snoring: What causes snoring? Find out more about snoring on this webpage.
The Truth About Snoring: This webpage has information about the causes of snoring and links to other articles about the sleep disorder.
Snoring: What Causes it and What You Can Do About It: There are treatments for snoring. This web article informs readers about snoring and what they can do about it.


Somnambulism
Somnambulism, more popularly known as sleepwalking, is a commonly known parasomnia. Sleepwalking is more frequently seen in children, but it can occur at any age. Some sufferers simply sit up in bed before lying down and continuing sleep, while others rise out of bed and are active while asleep.
Somnambulism and Its Symptoms, Causes, Complications and More: Somnabulism can cause complications. Find out about Somnabulism, its causes, and its complications on this informative website.
Sleepwalking: This website explains sleepwalking.
Sleepwalking in Children: Sleepwalking is most commonly seen in children. This website explains sleepwalking in children and what to do about it.


Somniloquy
Someone who suffers from Somniloquy talks in their sleep. Sleep talking is a common sleep disorder. Like sleepwalking, somniloquy occurs more frequently in children. Approximately five percent of adults talk in their sleep.
Somniloquy: This webpage offers a description of somniloquy and suggestions on how to treat or minimize its occurence.
Sleep Talking: Find out more about sleep talking on this webpage.


Somniphobia
Everybody needs to sleep, but people who suffer from somniphobia are afraid to sleep. Recurrent nightmares are often the cause of somniphobia. Treatment for somniphobia ranges from drug therapy to psychiatry.
Facts and Information About Somniphobia: This webpage contains information about somniphopia, its causes, and its treatment.

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