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The term sleep disorders covers a wide range of different problems that a person may experience with sleep from sleeping too much, to sleeping too little, sleeping poorly or even sleeping at a time that is disruptive to everyday life. Sleeping disorders can result in daytime sleepiness and effect your ability to engage effectively in day to day life.

Sleeping disorders are often linked to other mental health conditions. Persistent sleep disturbance puts you at higher risk of developing depression, anxiety, paranoia, PTSD and other conditions. However this can also work in the other direction with certain mental health disorders leading to poor sleep.

Types of Sleep Disorders

There are many different types of sleep disorders. Below is a list of some of the more common or well researched types. Some sleep disorders are purely physical conditions. Other sleep disorders may have their roots in either mental or physical causes.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Disorders

Signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of sleep disorder but some common symptoms include

If you feel that you are persistently struggling to get good sleep or often feel sleepy throughout the day, reach out to your doctor or another medical specialist today. Here at Inner Psych we would be happy to talk with you about any concerns. Book a telehealth appointment from anywhere in Australia today.

Mental Health Disorders are Commonly Linked to Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders and other mental health disorders have a complex relationship with it being common for both to be experienced simultaneously. Poor sleep from any of the disorders listed above increases a person’s risk of developing a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety. Vice versa, however, some mental health disorders can be one of the causes of sleep disorders:

Diagnosis of Sleep Disorders

If you are concerned that your sleeping is impacting you or your sleep partner’s ability to function normally in everyday life then you should contact your doctor to discuss. Your doctor will typically ask about your sleeping habits, any medications you are taking, how much caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants you consume, if you or your family have any history of mental health disorders and if you are experiencing any other symptoms such as pain. It is also common for a doctor to complete a physical examination to determine if there are any other underlying conditions that may be impacting your sleep. Sometimes a referral to a sleep specialist for further diagnosis using methods such as a sleep study may be recommended.

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The type of treatment recommended for reducing the effects of sleep disorders varies depending on the cause and severity of the disorder. In some cases such as with snoring, no treatment may be necessary. If you are experiencing a different physical or mental health disorder alongside a sleep disorder, treatment for these disorders may also improve your sleeping. Sometimes this works in reverse and improving your sleeping will reduce the severity of some mental health problems.

For milder cases of sleeping disorders some strategies to try are:

In the case of more persistent sleeping problems you may need to work with your doctor, a sleep specialist, a sleep disorder psychologist or other medical professional. Some clinical treatments include:

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