The Most Common Sleeping Disorders that you should know about In the previous post, we looked at various common sleeping disorders, their symptoms and cure. In this post, we will complete the list by looking at more commonly found sleeping disorders and how sleep wellness centre can help you with them. We talked about Insomnia briefly in the last post, to get into more detail; here are two major disorders under Insomnia. Periodic Limb Movements (PLMS) PLMS is when an individual has repetitive muscle movement during sleep. People affected are unable to control the movement; the continuous movement often leads to disjointed sleeping sessions leaving them tired during the day. The movement often occur in the legs and the individual is often unaware of the movements after waking up. A Polysomnography will help doctors diagnose PLMS, which takes into account your heart, brain waves, breathing pattern, arms and legs movement. PLMS can be treated with medication. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) A person with RLS will feel the need to move his/her legs to stop unpleasant sensations. Similar to PLMS, RLS also leads to decreased quality of sleep leaving you weary during daytime. Some of the symptoms that indicate RLS are these sensations when you feel the need to move your leg. •
At night, when you lie down or during daytime after sitting for long periods of time.
The sensation can last up to one hour and may occur in the upper leg, feet or arms.
RLS can also be treated with medication similar to PLMS, contact your nearest sleep wellness centre to be diagnosed and treated. Paediatric Sleep Disorders •
Enlarged tonsils or adenoids blocking a child’s airway can lead to snoring.
Children with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are likely to develop sleep apnea; lack of sleep can affect their behavioural pattern and decrease attention span.
Children with Down syndrome are also likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Children with Down syndrome often have upper airway abnormalities, such as a small mid face, with lowset cheekbones, small jaw, throat or larynx, narrow nasal passages, and a large tongue
compared to the size of the mouth. These physical characteristics can be attributed to their breathing problems while sleeping.
Hypersomnia is a disorder where the child sleeps at the wrong time, the wrong place and experiences excessive sleepiness.