However, if you feel that you can no longer do anything about your insomnia, do not hesitate to talk to a doctor about it.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder wherein a person’s breathing starts and then stops. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, but it can also cause a person to stop breathing during sleep, a morning headache, insomnia, and gasping for air while sleeping.
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of a person’s throat start to relax when sleeping. When these muscles start to relax, the airway gets narrower, which makes breathing more difficult.
Your brain notices this sudden change in your breathing, and you can wake up for a moment so that you can breathe better. Usually, people with sleep apnea don’t even notice these short moments of waking up.
Sleep apnea can make a person feel tired in the morning even if they had a full night’s rest. It can also lead to more serious problems such as high blood pressure, liver problems, and problems with metabolism. Another effect of sleep apnea is that it can disrupt the sleep of other people, because sleep apnea also triggers snoring.
Narcolepsy is a condition wherein a person falls asleep no matter where they are. This means that a person could fall asleep without any warning, even if they’re in the middle of working. It can also cause people to feel very drowsy during the day, and can cause insomnia, and difficulty sleeping at night.
What causes narcolepsy?
The main cause of narcolepsy is the lack of a chemical called hypocretin. Hypocretin is a chemical produced by the brain that helps regulate sleep. It is believed that this happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the brain that produce this chemical.
It can also be triggered by serious psychological stress, be passed on through genetics, triggered by puberty, as well as a sudden change in sleeping patterns.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome or RLS is a condition wherein a person feels an uncontrollable need to move their legs while sleeping. Usually, when people fall asleep, their body experiences muscle paralysis. This helps people avoid getting injured or getting hurt while they are asleep.
For people with RLS, this doesn’t occur. This means that they might have an urge to constantly move their legs, or move around in general while they are asleep. This can cause fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and can even disturb other people sleeping around you.