Sleep Related Disorders

5 Common Reasons for Morning Fatigue (Tired After Sleeping)

Ever felt sleepy after waking in the morning? Does a full night sleep not invigorate you? Morning fatigue, as it is known, may be a symptom of several medical conditions. Sleep is a period of rest where the body can recover from the daily stresses and strains it endures. It is a way of “switching off” and >> Read More ...

Tips to Fall Asleep and Stay Sleeping at Night

Falling asleep may seem like an easy task for many but not every person can easily do something that seems so natural. About 1 out of 3 American adults have experienced some difficult in falling asleep and remaining asleep in the past year. As many as 1 out 10 people have chronic insomnia yet only 5% of these people >> Read More ...

Restless Leg Syndrome (Constant Urge to Move Legs)

Moving the position of your legs is a normal habit when one is sitting for long periods, or even when standing. In fact it helps with blood circulation in the legs and feet when stationary or we may find that our legs ‘fall asleep’ so to speak. However, there is certain disorders where leg movements are >> Read More ...

Pineal Gland Anatomy (Parts), Function and Pinealoma (Tumor)

The pineal gland does not receive much attention in medicine because there are no significant diseases or lesions that solely affect it apart from tumors. Even then, a pineal tumor referred to as a pineoloma is a rare occurrence in comparison to diseases affecting surrounding tissues and glands. For as long as the pineal >> Read More ...

Sleep Cycle and Stages of Sleep

The sleep process is not just a single continuous period of unconsciousness from which a person can awaken. It is a dynamic and active process with various stages of sleep alternating through a single sleep cycle. There are broadly two stages of sleep : Slow wave sleep (non-REM) REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) There are >> Read More ...

Treatment & Management of Leg Cramps at Night

Treatment of Leg & Foot Cramps Treatment should be directed at the possible causes of leg cramps at night if it is suspected that the condition is occurring as a symptom of one of the causes or risk factors. However, nocturnal leg cramps as a parasomnia disorder is not treatable and the exact cause is unknown therefore >> Read More ...

Risk Factors & Causes of Severe Leg Cramps at Night

The exact cause of nocturnal leg cramps is unknown (idiopathic). However certain individuals with chronic conditions may be at risk of leg cramps at night. Nocturnal leg cramps are more common in older persons, especially women, and primarily affects the calf muscles and small muscles of the feet. Leg cramps may occur as a >> Read More ...

What is Nocturnal Leg Cramping? Leg Cramps at Night

Nocturnal leg cramps are the painful cramping of muscles, usually the calf muscles, which commonly occurs during sleep. In some cases, night leg cramps may occur while the sufferer is in bed and between the sleep-wake stage. Nocturnal leg cramps are considered to be one of the parasomnia disorders that affect a >> Read More ...

Sleep Behavior Disorder – Types of NREM & REM Parasomnia

Parasomnia is a category of sleep related / sleep behavior disorders characterized by disturbance of sleep. Parasomnias usually involve sleep experiences that affect physical or verbal behavior. Parasomnia sleep behavior disorders may involve any abnormal movement, behavior, emotion, perception and dream (nightmares) >> Read More ...

Causes & Treatment of Night Terrors (Pavor Nocturnus)

Causes of Night Terrors (Sleep Terror) Night terrors are a sleep disorder categorized as parasomnia, affecting non-REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. There are no definitive causes of a night terror although some contributing factors may be responsible for night terrors. Teething in children (infants, babies, toddlers) Fevers >> Read More ...
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