Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorder that occurs from sleep deprivation that can interfere with work, driving, and social activities. More than 70 different sleep disorders have been uncovered by research. Most of these can be managed when diagnosed correctly. Most common sleep disorders are: Insomnia, sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1What is Insomnia?
  • 2What is Sleep Apnea?
  • 3What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
  • 4What is Narcolepsy?
  • 5What treatments are available in the future to treat sleep disorders?
  • 6How can you go about getting a better night’s sleep?
  • 7​How does monitoring brain waves aid Addiction?
  • 8What are the Benefits of Brain Training?
  • Insomnia may result from jet lag, diet or many other factors.
  • It can affect job performance and the well-being of people with Insomnia.
  • Insomnia tends to increase with age – it affects 40% of woman and 30% of men.
  • It could be a disabling symptom of an underlying medical disorder.
  • Doctors prescribe sleeping pills for short-term insomnia sufferers.
  • Mild Insomnia can be prevented by good sleeping habits.
  • Serious cases of Insomnia, light therapy can be done to alter circadian cycles.
  • It’s a disorder of interrupted breathing that occurs during sleep.
  • It occurs in conjunction of fat build-up, or loss of muscle tone with ageing.
  • This allows the windpipe to collapse when breathing as the muscles relax during sleep.
  • This is called Obstructive sleep Apnoea:
  • Associated with loud snoring
  • Sleep apnoea can occur when neurons that control breathing malfunction while you are sleeping.
  • The person’s effort to inhale air creates a suction which collapses the windpipe, and stops the air flow for a few seconds to a minute, which makes it difficult to breath during sleep.
  • The persons oxygen levels fall, and the brain responds by waking the person to tighten the airway muscles and open up the airway.
  • The person will gasp or snort, and then carry on snoring.
  • This is repeated the whole night through.
  • The interrupted sleep can leave them sleepy, and change their moods to either be irritable or depressed.
  • Because the disorder deprives them of oxygen, they could wake with headaches, loss of interest in sex, and a decrease in mental functioning.
  • Sleep Apnoea is also linked with high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, as well as an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes.
  • Some severe cases it could lead to sudden death from cardiac arrest during sleep.

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  • It is a disorder that causes an unpleasant crawling, prickling or tingling sensation in the legs and feet, which makes you move them to give some relief.
  • The most common sleep disorder among older people.
  • This leads to constant leg movement during the day and Insomnia at night.
  • In some cases, it could also be related to anaemia, pregnancy and diabetes.

Periodic limb movement disorder:

  • Repetitive jerking movements of the legs, that occur every 20-40 seconds, and cause these people to wake and cause interrupted sleep patterns.
  • This can be treated with drugs which affect the neurotransmitter dopamine, which are abnormalities that are underlying in these disorders.

Polysomnography

  • Is a test that records the brain waves, heartbeat, and breathing through the night.
  • Mild sleep apnoea can be overcome by weight loss or preventing the person from sleeping on their back
  • Some people might need surgery to take care of the obstruction when breathing.
  • People with this disorders should never take sleeping pills, as they will not be able to wake enough to breathe. 
  • This entails “sleep attacks” at various times of the day, even after a good night’s sleep.
  • This may last several seconds to longer than 30 minutes.
  • They can also experience loss of muscle control during emotional situations, hallucinations, and temporary paralysis when they wake up as well as disrupted night-time sleep.
  • These symptoms mostly occur during adolescence, but also takes a while to obtain the correct diagnosis.
  • This disorder can be hereditary, or can be linked to brain damage or head injury and neurological disease.
  • Stimulants, antidepressants and other drugs can help control symptoms and prevent dangerous effects of falling asleep at improper times.

Innovative techniques like brain imaging, may help researchers understand how the different parts of the brain are affected during sleep and the effects these disorders have on the brain.

  • Set a sleeping schedule to insure you get the adequate amount of hours sleep needed
  • Exercise 20-30 minutes a day
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol
  • Relax before bed – with a warm bath for example
  • Sleep until sunlight – as this helps to reset the body’s internal biological clock each day.
  • Don’t lie in bed awake – Do something else like reading or watching television until you feel tired again.
  • Control your room temperature – as extreme temperatures can disrupt sleep or keep you from falling asleep.
  • See a Doctor if your sleeping problem continues.Your HR doctor will evaluate you to decide whether you need to be referred for an overnight Sleep Study. Health Renewal is proud and excited to launch our home-based testing for sleep breathing disorders. We have streamlined the process in order to make the experience as painless as possible for the patient, while at the same time collecting all the necessary data to make an accurate diagnosis. All of this is done in the comfort of your own home while you sleep in your own bed. This Sleep Study will confirm whether you do indeed have OSA and/or UARS, allowing you to treat potentially harmful sleep disorders.
  • By using a FDA approved device that monitors brain waves, it can assist doctors in diagnosing addictions in children and adults.
  • This is a non-invasive brain mapping test that takes 15-20 min, which uses sensors on the scalp of the person to monitor their brainwaves. Addiction patients have clogging and fogginess in their front lob.
  • After a practitioner takes a detailed MAP of the patient. They will perform a set of tasks such as playing Pac Man with the brain.
  • Your brain is central to everything; from how easily you remember to how fast you complete tasks and how easily you solve problems. Studies show that the gains you make from Brain Training are applicable to an almost endless variety of mental activities, from what you think, to what you do.
  • From the speed of your brain, memory, flexibility, attention, and problem solving, Brain Trainer ensures that its protocols provide the maximum benefit for your long term cognitive health.

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