I did not sleep at all last night”. This comment is thrown around with a blind exaggeration. Anyway, it is not that irregular to experience the occasional sleepless night. However, if the individual at hand suffers from constant sleepless nights, he/she may have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorder is a physical or mental obstacle, which disrupts the normal pattern of sleep. The actual term sleep disorder is a blanket term, which covers several different types disorders.
1. Primary insomnia: This disorder, is one of the most common sleep disorder. An individual experiencing this, will have a chronic issue falling asleep or maintaining asleep.
2. Bruxism: This particular sleep disorder, involuntarily forces individuals to grind their teeth while sleeping.
3. Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS): An individual with DSPS, will have no issues with maintaining sleep, but will fall asleep at socially unacceptable times of day.
4. Hypopnea Syndrome: This sleep disorder must be carefully monitored. The main symptom of Hypopnea is extremely shallow or slow respiratory rate.
5. Narcolepsy: The sleep disorder of Narcolepsy, forces individuals to fall asleep spontaneous unwillingness.
6. Cataplexy: The sleep disorder of Cataplexy, does not actually occur within the boundary of sleep; it is the spontaneous relaxation of muscles; forcing the individual to collapse.
7. Night Terror: Try and recall the time you abruptly woke up from a nightmare. Now, take that time, and multiply it by ten. Individuals with Night Terror will abruptly arise from their slumber, with a sudden rush of terror.
8. Sleep Paralysis: Sleep Paralysis is a brief moment of paralyzing symptoms before or after sleep. This sleep disorder is mainly accompanied with visual or auditory hallucinations.
9. Sleepwalking: While an individual is sleepwalking, he/she will engage in activities, normally reserved for wakefulness (e.g. walking or getting dressed).
10. Somniphobia: The fear of sleeping.