Sleep disorders impact the way you sleep and negatively affect your overall health. Being overly exhausted due to sleep disorders affects your ability to drive and can increase the chances of you developing other health complications.
There are a wide variety of sleep disorders. Some types include:
- Insomnia, or difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Sleep apnea, in which you may stop breathing entirely while sleeping
- Narcolepsy, where you tend to fall asleep during the day by accident
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS), in which you get a strong urge to move your legs as you’re falling asleep.
- Parasomnias. These are disruptive instances such as sleepwalking, night terrors, or nightmares that impact your sleep.
- Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (N24). This is characterized by people slowly waking up later and going to bed later each day until their sleep cycle is entirely backward.
Common symptoms of sleep disorders vary depending on which condition you’re suffering from, but they typically result in being exhausted during the day or having difficulty falling asleep at night. Further, suffering from irregular sleep patterns is another symptom of sleep disorders.