Sleep disturbances are among the leading causes of medical illness and can have a dramatic impact on quality of life. There are a number of different sleep disorders, each with its own set of symptoms and treatments. Knowing the different types of sleep disorders can help you better understand and address any sleep disturbances you may be experiencing.

Here are five of the most common types of sleep disorders:


Insomnia is the most common type of sleep disorder. People with insomnia have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night. They may also wake up during the night and have difficulty getting back to sleep. Symptoms of insomnia include persistent difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently throughout the night, lying awake for long periods of time, waking up too early, and feeling tired throughout the day.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which someone’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. It is generally caused by a blockage of the airway and can result in loud snoring and gasping or choking during sleep. Common sleep apnea symptoms include daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, morning headaches, and difficulty concentrating during the day.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs while at rest or sleeping. People with RLS often experience an uncomfortable sensation in the legs, usually accompanied by an uncontrollable urge to move them in order to relieve the sensation. Common RLS symptoms include periodic limb movements during sleep, an overwhelming urge to move the legs, sensations such as tingling, itching, or aching in the legs, and difficulty sleeping.


Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder in which people experience excessive and overwhelming bouts of daytime sleepiness. They often experience “sleep attacks” that can last from a few seconds to several minutes and can occur without warning. People with narcolepsy also have difficulty staying awake during times of rest and have difficulty concentrating during the day.

Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorder (CRSWD)

Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorder (CRSWD) is a sleep disorder in which a person’s internal clock is off-kilter, causing disruptions to regular sleeping and waking cycles. People with CRSWD often experience insomnia or excessive sleepiness at times when their body’s clock tells them they should be sleeping or awake. Common CRSWD symptoms include difficulty staying asleep, difficulty waking up in the morning, and an inability to stay awake during the day.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is important to seek professional help from a doctor specializing in sleep disorders. With the right diagnosis and sleep disorder treatment plan, you can take steps towards getting a better night’s sleep.

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