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Understanding Sleep Disorders

Millions of individuals can report that they have a difficult time sleeping. This is not very uncommon and in order to fully understand what may be going on, it is always a good idea to research sleep disorders. This is a wonderful way to identify what some of the most common sleep disorders are, as well as the different types of treatment options that may be available for individuals that could be suffering from these disorders.

One of the most interesting things to know is that sleep disorders are broken down into four different categories. These categories are based upon the suspected causes of the disorders. So, the following information will break these down for individuals that want to know more about these disorders.

1.) Primary sleep disorders – these are thought to be caused by endogenous abnormalities related to the amount of time that someone sleeps or the waking patterns that they experience. These are not caused by another mental disorder that may be experienced, a general medical condition, or by substances that may be used.
2.) Sleep disorders caused by another medical condition – these sleep disorders may be caused by a mood or anxiety disorder. The person is suffering from a medical condition but their symptoms are serious enough in relation to the sleep disorder that they need medical attention for it as well.
3.) General medical condition – the person is suffering from the physiological effects of a condition that is affecting the sleep-wake system of the person.
4.) Substance induced – the individual is having a difficult time sleeping because of the discontinuation of substances, the continuing use of substances or the use a certain medications.

When someone arrives at a professional’s office with concerns about their sleep disturbances that they’re suffering from, a very thorough assessment will most likely take place. The professional will most likely want to know a detailed list of the symptoms, any medications (or substances) that are being taken, as well as any other mental health issues the person may have, or any medical conditions that they be suffering from as well. This will help the professional identify accurately identify they type of sleep disorder they may have. This information is always needed in order to determine the most affective treatment method.