Category Archive Sleep Disorders

ByAlexander Pretorius

Incidents of Sleep Disorders Among Totally Blind Adults

Insomnia and South Africa: How its Treated

Sleeping Disorders such as insomnia is sleep problems which are a common symptom of many mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit. 14.8 percent of South African adults meet the threshold for clinical diagnosis of insomnia. Then that leaves 59.4 percent with at least one sleep symptom three or more times a week and the other half that has daily routines doesn’t allow them to get enough sleep. The only sure way to rid yourself of the condition for good is to either lose weight or have surgery to remove excess tissue from the palate or throat. Surgery can have side effects which are why it’s usually viewed as a last resort but there are no cures for sleep disorders.


Insomnia causes high levels of stress and certain medications. It describes a general difficulty falling or staying asleep. Individuals experience the effects of sleep deprivation the following day. Which include difficulty focusing, irritability, impulsive, and lack of balance. Treatment for insomnia consists of improving sleep habits, behavior therapy, and identifying and treating underlying causes. Sleeping pills may also be used but should be monitored for side effects. Some people function well and are not tired during the day with just three to four hours of sleep at night. Most people need more than this. To need six to nine hours per night is average. Most people establish a pattern that is normal for them in their adult life.


Stimulus control therapy. This method helps remove factors that contain your mind to resist sleep. Relaxation techniques. Progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback, and breathing exercise are ways to reduce anxiety at bedtime. Different thoughts can keep your mind active at night, making it hard to sleep. Stressful life events or trauma – such as the death or illness of a loved one, divorce or such job loss -also may lead to insomnia. Eszopiclone and Temazepam are a few prescription sleeping pills to also help with Insomnia. Foods like caffeine, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, alcohol, sugar, flour and a few more things can also be the cause of it.


Doctors tend only to prescribe hypnotics for insomnia that is long-lasting and bothersome because the drug can have side effects Another class of sedative-hypnotics, called benzodiazepines, can also treat insomnia. Melatonin, a hormone produced by your body, has been shown to improve symptoms of anxiety. Supplementing with melatonin for anxiety can improve sleep quality, regulate circadian rhythm, and ease negative feelings associated with anxiousness which is also good for insomnia. Good sleep practices include having a regular bedtime schedule and avoiding naps, caffeine, and TV before bed.

Sleep is important

Stick to a sleep schedule. Keep your bedtime and wake time consistent from day to day, including on weekends. Stay active. Check your medications. Avoid or limit naps. Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol and don’t use nicotine. Don’t put up with the pain. Avoid large meals and beverages before bed. It can also come and go, with periods of time when a person has no sleep problems. Acute insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. Insomnia is called chronic when a person has insomnia at least three nights a week for three months or longer. The longest recorded time without sleep is approximately two hundred sixty-four hours or just over eleven consecutive days.

Sleep deprivation

Although it’s unclear exactly how long humans can survive without sleep, it isn’t long before the effects of sleep deprivation start to show. After only three or four nights without sleep, you can start to hallucinate. Chronic insomnia also certainly be an indirect cause of death. Insomnia has been the direct cause of death in a very small number of cases. An extremely rare genetic disease called fatal familial insomnia leads to exhaustion, dementia, coma, and eventually death. Fatal Insomnia is a rare prion disease that interferes with sleep and leads to deterioration of mental function and loss of coordination of mental function and loss of coordination. Death occurs within a few months to a few years.

Psychophysiological insomnia

Psychophysiological insomnia is one of the most common and difficult types if insomnia to treat. A patient with this specific sleep disorder focuses on their sleep, and worries about not getting enough sleep when it’s time for bed. Their worrying starts when they prepare for bed.