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Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder - Persistent or recurrent pattern of
sleep disruption leading to excessive sleepiness or insomnia, that is due
to a mis-matching between the sleep/wake schedule required by a person's
environment and their circadian sleep-wake pattern. Psychnet-UK.
The dyssomnias are disorders that produce either excessive sleepiness or
difficulty in initiating or maintain sleep.
Dyssomnias - These make it difficult to get to sleep, or to stay
sleeping, or cause excessive sleepiness. Dyssomnias are of three types: -
Intrinsic sleep disorders, Extrinsic sleep disorders and Circadian rhythm
disorders. From My Sleep Centre.
Hypersomnia - Hypersomnia is excessive sleepiness. It is an
excessively deep or prolonged major sleep period. It may be associated
with difficulty in awakening. Psychnet-UK
idiopathic hypersomnia - An Introduction To Hypersomnia. A sleep
disorder is a physical and psychological condition or disturbance of sleep
and wakefulness caused by abnormalities that occur during sleep or by
abnormalities of specific sleep mechanisms.
Narcolepsy - Narcolepsy is a malfunction of the sleep/wake regulating
system in the brain of unknown origin. Its most common manifestation is an
irresistible tendency to fall asleep, even in unlikely circumstances such
as in the middle of a conversation or at a meal. Psychnet-UK
Narcolepsy Network - Support for people who have narcolepsy (or
related sleep disorders), their families and friends, and professionals
involved in treatment, research, and public education.
Narcolepsy: What is it really like? - from: "Symptom Description and
Management in Narcolepsy" The Results of University of Illinois at
Chicago Center for Narcolepsy Study In association with the American Sleep
Disorders Association in a random sample of 1500 narcoleptics from the
American Narcolepsy Association by Cohen FL, Nehring WM, Cloninger l
Holistic Nursing Practice 1996;10(4):44-53
NINDS Narcolepsy Information Page - Narcolepsy is a disabling
neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the control of
sleep and wakefulness.
Primary Insomnia - Primary Insomnia is only classified as a problem,
if over a period of at least one month, a person has difficulty falling
asleep or maintaining their sleep. To be diagnosed as primary insomnia,
the sleep problem must cause difficulty in the person's social, school,
work, or other significant area of life. Psychnet-UK.
Sleep Apnea - Breathing Related Sleep Disorder - Breathing-Related
Sleep Disorder, also known as sleep apnea, causes the sufferer to stop
breathing during the night for periods lasting from 30 seconds to 2
minutes. This may happen as much as 400 times per night. Psychnet-UK.
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