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Sleep Disorders List

Written by: Editorial Staff

May 19, 2014
Filed Under Health 


sleep disordersby Info Guru Oliver Vandervoort

From time to time, everyone has a problem getting to sleep or staying asleep.

Of course, most of us do not have a problem that goes on and on and on but there are plenty of people who do indeed have one type of problem or another. Sleep disorders are nothing to take lightly and some of them can become so severe that people actually begin to dread getting ready for bed or waking up in the morning because they know they are in for another battle with their disorder. Without further ado, we have brought you the top 10 sleep disorders people face.

10. Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Disorder

Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Disorder

This particular disorder means that when people enter into REM sleep, they lose the usual bodily paralysis that most of us have. In other words, the body will actually act out the actions a person is undergoing in their dreams.

9. Night Terrors

Night Terrors

Night Terrors are often confused with your run of the mill nightmares, but they are actually quite a bit more severe. While most people will wake from a nightmare and immediately realize that the scares they were experiencing weren’t real, night terrors can last a bit longer. Children are especially susceptible to these and may not even become fully awake. The child may look alert, with their eyes open but they can still be screaming or inconsolable. They also may not recognize their parents or family members.

8. Sleep Walking

Sleep Walking

This particular disorder is especially odd because a person who is doing it can appear completely awake. Sleep walking can actually mean doing anything as though a person was awake,while they are unconscious. People who have this disorder are generally exhausted the next day, because their body really didn’t get the amount of rest and recuperation that was needed.

7. Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding Head Syndrome

Despite the somewhat comical explanation of what this syndrome actually is, it exists. Among the top sleep disorders that are known, this syndrome causes people to suddenly hear a loud noise. Usually manifesting as a bomb exploding or a cymbal crash, it will wake the person from a dead sleep. Scientists are unable to pinpoint what causes it.

6. Bruxism


Bruxism is actually one of the most basic disorders on this list and one of the most common. As many as 40 million Americans grind their teeth or clench their jaws while they sleep. This can lead to serious damage to the jaw or teeth.

5. Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome

Once thought of as nothing more than a hoax, Restless Leg Syndrome is a disorder in which the person cannot keep their leg or other limbs from jerking or twitching, keeping the person awake. Nowadays there are drugs that will stop the nerve endings from firing.

4. Sleep Sex

Sleep Sex

This particular problem is when a person will actually engage in sexual acts while they are actually asleep. The issue is considered completely separate from sleep walking, but has some of the same symptoms such as the sufferer appearing to be wide awake.

3. Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea is basically a condition where your body actually forgets to breath every now and then. This is usually caused by an airway being blocked when you lie a certain way. There are machines known as CPAP Machines which work to keep you breathing normally and avoiding this particular condition.

2. Sleep Talking

Sleep Talking

Sleep talking has quite a bit in common with sleep walking except that it might be quite obvious that you are asleep, because you’ll be spouting nonsense and jibberish.

1. Insomnia


The granddaddy of all the sleep disorders, this one can take on a couple of different looks. Someone suffering from insomnia might not be able to fall asleep. They also may not be able to stay asleep very long once they get there.

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