The average koala bear sleeps for 22 hours per day. Human babies’ typical time expended sleeping is 16 hours, or 2/3 the day’s length, giving true meaning to the phrase, “sleeping like a baby”.
If you’ve had the misfortune of being victimized by a sleep-awake crisis, Lifeologie can help!
If you can’t sleep… find yourself sleeping more than usual, or when you do actually sleep, you find yourself engaging in bizarre behaviors—like that time you made an entire platter of French toast and woke up with maple syrup dreadlocks… you might be suffering from a sleep disorder.
Watching the digital numbers on your alarm clock flicker from 1 am to 2 am to 3am—and beyond; or falling asleep at a reasonable hour and then finding yourself wide awake at 2 am for the painful (and seemingly endless) remainder of the night…
The flip side of the insomnia coin, known as hypersomnia.
Like in the middle of a sentence, during an exam, or while barreling 90mph down interstate 6…
Especially when you don’t work third shift, and your daytime responsibilities and sanity are starting to splinter.
You toss, you turn, or your sleep feels non-restorative (when you sleep for 8+ hrs. every night, yet mysteriously manage to feel even less rested in the AM).
Absent-minded behavior, a sluggish memory, or increased frequency of silly mistakes.
Your sleep-deprived and MUCH crankier evil-twin makes another untimely appearance.
Disturbing dreams that interrupt your sleep or reduce you to thrashing, hyperventilating, or inadvertently punching—sorry! I promise it was self-defense! —your sleeping partner.
Sleepwalking, giving your dog a haircut, online shopping, sleep-texting your ex-romantic partner… and more+.
When academics, employment, or interpersonal relationships suffer as a direct result of your sleep problem.
The average human will spend 33% of his or her life sleeping. When you put it that way, it’s easy to comprehend how so many different types of sleep disorders could exist, as well as how each condition could stem from so many different medical or psychological causes.
Briefly detailed below are 10 of the most common diagnoses for sleep disorders:
Characterized by a failure to obtain or sustain sleep, or frequent and premature (middle-of-the-night) reawakenings followed by hours and hours of sleeplessness.
Sleeping, sleeping, and more sleeping, for 12+ hours per day, paired with symptoms of chronic fatigue during wakeful hours.
Sudden activity-independent (meaning, not just the boring stuff!) episodes of falling aslee—-zzzzzzzzz…
For the extreme Night Owl, who resides in a day-bird world: occurs when you are wide-eyed and awake at nighttime, only to sleep through all of your morning, lunch… and um, afternoon… obligations… with disastrous life complications at that.
When your sleep is plagued by unpleasant dreams; or you have episodes of inconsolable panic during the middle of the night that you can’t seem to remember in the light of day.
Occurs when you enact violent or vivid dreams while remaining asleep—perhaps by punching your partner or vintage lamp while your dream-self simultaneously fends off a home intruder.
Encompasses sleepwalking, night terrors, and the complex set of behaviors that people can engage in while still No activity is off limits: from building a snowman to baking a delicious tray of nacho’s or to even engaging sleep sex (i.e. “sexsomnia”).
Nighttime teeth-grinding, usually in conjunction with daytime anxiety.
When a soft tissue obstruction or nervous system malfunction interrupts your breathing while you are sleeping, with dangerous long-term health consequences.
When uncomfortable sensations in your legs cause you to fidget your limbs at nighttime, interfering with your sleep.
Sleep disorders are common symptoms of physical ailments (e.g. diabetes, hypothyroidism, or heart disease), psychological concerns (e.g. depression, anxiety, PTSD, or major life transitions), or medications and habit-forming substances. Given the diversity of potential causes that can contribute to sleep-wake difficulties, your therapist may recommend: