What is sleep disorder? | Do i have a sleep disorder?

Do I have a sleep disorder? This question people are asking nowadays, So now we will see about what is sleep disorder?

A sleep disorder is a disease that generally affects your capacity to get sufficient quality of sleep. 

Sleep disorder can affect sleep initiation or excessive sleep; it may be due to Stress, Anxiety, phobia, depression, and any physical illness.

I had earlier shared Is Adjustment Disorder With Anxiety A Mental Illness?  I hope you read the post.

Person is not getting enough sleep; it will affect a person’s mood, concentration, and physical and mental health.

Most of the sleep problems are related to irregular sleep habits or anxiety about going to bed and sleeping.

Nightmares are also common in preschool children. The child wakes up crying because of being scared. 

In school-age children, sleepwalking (somnambulism) and sleep talking (Somniloquy) occur in about 15% of children, mainly boys.

The sleepwalking event is usually not remembered in the morning. Somniloquy can occur at any age, and its prevalence rate is 7-8%. It does not indicate a health concern or need for intervention.


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Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Disorder

  • Physical illness or any infection into the body
  • Nocturia: urination problem that makes the child awaken from sleep.

You must read this article: What Is Nocturnal Enuresis?

  • Allergic reactions in the body like cold, coughing.
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

If you find this article useful: How To Treat Postpartum Depression?

  • Prolonged lasting pain like joint pain, migraine problems, and any complications during the surgeries.

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Types of Sleep Disorders:

Sleepwalking (Somnambulism)

  • Walking around aimlessly during sleep is somnambulism.
  • The prevalence rate is 5-10%.
  • A large number of children have struggled at bedtime. Many children use a particular toy, night light, and lullaby of parents to go to sleep. 

You must read this article to help: What Is Nocturnal Enuresis?

Causes of Somnambulism

  • Separation anxiety
  • Parental Anxiety
  • Nighttime fears from the book they read or the story they heard from people 
  • Threats given by adults (Kidnapping thunder, Punitive treatment) 

Suggested read: What Is Anxiety Disorder?

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is the breathing pause during sleep, and due to that, there may be less O2 in the body, and the person will get up from the rest and become a medical emergency. 

Read: Oncological emergencies

Sleep Attack(narcolepsy)

Sleep attack during the daytime due to the sleep paralysis in that person is awake from sleep. In that person will feel movement problems in the body’s hand and feet are immobilized. 

Management for Sleep Disorders

  • Establish a bedtime routine.
  • Establish a wake-up time.
  • Avoid giving stimulants such as sugar or caffeine to the child near bedtime.
  • Make the bedroom cozy and inviting.
  • Avoid disturbances in sleep like television.
  • Maintain silence in and near a bedroom.
  • Supervise the child in sleeping
  • Tell a pleasant story to the child.

 I also wrote a tutorial Factors Affecting Growth and Developments of Child 


Sleep disorders are commonly seen in today’s generation. The reasons behind it are today’s fast going life, conflict in the family, money, the increasing use of the mobile, the lack of positive thoughts and can’t find a solution to their problems.

You can manage sleep disorder by making a sleep schedule for sleep, avoid daytime sleeping, and avoid taking stress.
In last for enough sleep, you should be busy in day activities whole day, so at night you will get good sleep. change your schedule and deal with it systematically.

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