Sleep Disorders

Dr. Ayush PandeyMBBS,PG Diploma

January 09, 2019

September 18, 2023

Sleep Disorders
Sleep Disorders

Conditions that result in restless sleep, altered sleep rhythm, or sleep dysfunction are categorized as sleep disorders. Sleep disorders may cause sleepiness during day time and unrefreshing night sleep. These can sometimes represent serious underlying medical condition.

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Sleep Disorders Symptoms

Sleep disorders encompass a wide array of symptoms depending upon the underlying cause; yet, there are certain common symptoms, which include:

  • Difficulty in getting sleep
  • Waking up frequently and then facing difficulty in falling asleep again
  • Tiredness or sleepiness during day time
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability
  • Depression

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Sleep Disorders Causes

Sleep disorders can be caused by several diseases, which include:

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Sleep Disorders Treatment

Usually, a thorough medical history hints the underlying cause of sleeping disorders. Physical examination, along with, a few investigations can help to accurately diagnose the underlying physical disease. These investigations include:

Treating the underlying disease helps in alleviating the symptoms. Certain medications and modalities also help in relieving sleep disorders. These treatment options include:

  • Medications – Certain medications like sleeping pills, anti-anxiety tablets, anti-allergy drugs etc. can be sleep inducing.
  • Counselling – Counselling, along with, medication can help, especially if sleep disorders are due to psychological stress or psychiatric illness.
  • Lifestyle changes – Certain dietary changes like taking fiber and protein-rich diet and reducing sugar intake can help. Reducing water intake before bedtime can curb the urge to urinate during the night. Avoiding stimulants like caffeine and alcohol in the evening or night time can also be useful.

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  1. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital [Internet]. University of California San Francisco; Insomnia.
  2. National Sleep Foundation Sleep Disorders . Washington, D.C., United States [Internet].
  3. Cleveland Clinic. [Internet]. Cleveland, Ohio. Common Sleep Disorders.
  4. Center for Disease Control and Prevention [internet], Atlanta (GA): US Department of Health and Human Services; Are you getting enough sleep?
  5. American Academy of Sleep Medicine [Internet]. Darien, IL; Insomnia - Overview and Facts.

Medicines for Sleep Disorders

Medicines listed below are available for Sleep Disorders. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.