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Apart from insomnia, other common sleep disorders are sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome (RLS), and narcolepsy.

Sleep disorder 1: Sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea is a type of sleep disorder in which the breathing of the individual is stopped temporarily during sleep due to blockage of upper airways. The interruption in breathing leads to sleeplessness resulting in frequent waking up during the night. While most fellas with sleep apnea forget these awakenings, they just feel the effects in other ways such as exhaustion during the day, depression, irritability and decreased productivity.

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder. Hence, if you or a relative is diagnosed with sleep apnea, care to consult a doctor right away. It can be successfully cured with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – a mask life device that delivers a stream of air while you sleep. Weight loss, elevating the head of the bed, and sleeping on your side can also help in sleep apnea.

Symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • Loud & chronic snoring
  • Frequent pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Gasping, snorting, or choking during sleep
  • Frequently feeling shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, nasal congestion and a dry throat
  • Feeling lethargic even after waking up and a tendency to go to sleep, no matter how much time you spent in bed