Different Types of Sleep Disorders and Symptoms

different types sleep disorders symptoms

Sleep is one thing that is needed by the human body, for optimizes performance of our body when the body is awake. During sleep, the body will form and regenerate cells, supporting brain function, and replenish the body’s energy. For children and adolescents, sleep is needed to assist their growth process.

What is a sleep disorder?

Sleep can be divided into two types/phases, REM sleep and non-REM (NREM). In normal sleep, the two phases are always repeated in the sleep, with a length of approximately 90 minutes each. NREM has four phases, and the fourth phase is the deep sleep phase. REM is the deepest phase and often called the dream phase.

But when the cycle is interrupted, or when a person does not experience REM and NREM cycles normally, the body will experience a variety of adverse effects such as feeling tired, decreased the ability to concentrate, impaired metabolism, and so forth.

Types of sleep disorders =

If you have a difficulty in sleep or have problems with sleeping habits, then you might have a one of these types of sleep disorders below.


People who suffer from insomnia have always felt that they did not have enough sleep. Symptoms of insomnia are difficult to fall asleep and often wake up in the middle of the night. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder, and can affect daily activities. Insomnia can be caused by many things, such as stress, depression, anxiety, poor sleep patterns, or because undergoing treatment and taking certain medications.


Most adults snore while sleeping. The sound of snoring coming from the air intake of soft tissue in the throat vibrate. Snoring can be a problem because the sound it produces. Also, snoring can be a major sign of a more serious sleep problems, namely, sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea.

This sleep disorder happened when a portion of the upper respiratory tract clogged, hinder breathing in a short time, and make someone awakened from sleep. Apnea means “without breath”. Sleep apnea can repeatedly occur during sleep, so the sufferer always feels very sleepy during the day. People who sleep snoring is more at risk of this sleep disorder. Research shows that sleep apnea symptoms which are severe and untreated can be associated with serious diseases such as hypertension, stroke and heart disease.


Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder, such as excessive sleepiness during the day. Symptoms can occur anywhere, even at work. This condition is often called sleep attack. Narcolepsy is thought to be the result of disturbances in the central nervous system (brain), which can affect the body’s normal sleep cycle.


This sleep disorder is a sleep disorder in a person’s behavior, thereby disrupting the rhythm of sleep. Common symptoms are walking during sleep (sleepwalking), nightmares, delirium, and so forth. Parasomnia symptoms usually occur in NREM sleep phase and occurs more often in children aged 3-5 years. A child who is having a nightmare can wake up screaming, but can not explain the fear. This condition is more frightening to parents than the child, because of the confusion caused by the child’s sleep behavior.


People with hypersomnia usually have time to sleep longer than anyone else, and often sleep in the daytime. This condition can be caused by several things such as disorders of the nervous system or the body’s metabolic system, but the exact cause is not clearly known.


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