Sleep Disorders: Top 4 That Make 70 Million Suffer

walking at nightSleep disorders can rob anyone of restful sleep. It is said that millions of people suffer from lack of sleep everyday because of sleep disorders. An article from has several insights about this.

  • Insomnia. This is the most common sleep disorder, affecting upwards of 60 percent of the general population. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, waking up too early and/or having difficulty staying asleep. Other symptoms include failing to have rejuvenating sleep and difficulty with fatigue during the day, as well as severe mood swings and trouble concentrating. Insomnia can be the result of an underlying medical condition, psychiatric problems, or stress. Insomnia is considered chronic when it occurs more than three times a week, for a month or longer.

  • Sleep Apnoea. This is the second most common sleep disorder, experts consider sleep apnoea to be a potentially dangerous condition. It occurs during sleep when breathing is interrupted regularly. There are 2 kinds of sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is the more common and occurs when the airway is blocked, usually as a result of the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapsing during sleep. Central sleep apnoea (CSA) does not occur as the result of any type of blockage, but rather when the brain does not tell the body to breathe. Sufferers of this type of sleep apnoea may awake gasping for air during the night or have recurring awakening throughout the night.

  • Night Terrors and Sleepwalking. Night terrors are typically experienced by children usually between the ages of 2 and 6 but may also be experienced by adults. Night terrors can last for as little as 1 minute and up to 30 minutes. They can appear to be a nightmare but present themselves in a more dramatic fashion according to sleep experts. Night terrors will occur during non-REM sleep whereas nightmares happen during REM sleep. Unlike nightmares, night terrors are usually not remembered.

  • Narcolepsy. This is a sleep and brain disorder causing extreme sleepiness and an irresistible urge to sleep during normal daytime hours. The sleep attacks come suddenly without warning and can last from seconds to several minutes. Narcolepsy affects daily life as a result of the sudden onslaught of sleepiness which may occur at work, during conversations, driving, eating, or almost anywhere at any time. Unfortunately narcolepsy is a life long condition.  

  • Sleepwalking is exactly what the name suggests, walking during sleep while performing normal daily activities. Sleepwalking most often occurs during stages of deep sleep. Underlying factors of sleepwalking can be stress, genetics, medical conditions and even environmental impacts.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.