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Tackle the problem of sleeplessness by confronting the reasons causing this condition. There are 7 contributing factors which may give any of the 4 types of sleep disorders.

Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, stress, depression, irregular schedules, and food and exercise before bedtime may cause sleeplessness.

The most common sleep disorder is insomnia. Sufferers can't fall asleep easily and when asleep, can't stay asleep. Insomnia may be triggered by jet lag, stress or psychiatric conditions.

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder whereby victims fall asleep standing. The victim experiences nightmares and temporary paralysis in sleep.

Sleep apnea is like involuntarily suffocation as the victim stops breathing.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is exactly what it sounds like. It causes sleepwalking at its worst. The harmless but sleepless form of twitching legs is the milder form of RLS.

The body's biological clock releases melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone, upon twilight. Daily routines like work, meals and exercise also affect sleep patterns. Routines can be consciously scheduled to facilitate a regular sleep pattern.

The first step is to maintain a constant bedtime and wake- up time to be in tune with the body clock. Constancy begets constancy. The body will go to sleep on schedule.

There's nothing worse than lying fully awake, counting sheep or thinking worrisome thoughts. It's better to kill time with some relaxing activity until sleep overtakes.

Avoid feasting or exercising heavily 3 hours before the usual bedtime.

Watch consumption of coffee and cigarettes. Abstain from them from evening onwards. The same applies for alcohol, carbonated drinks and tea.

De-stress before bedtime. Relax, meditate or pray to release anxieties of the day. Take life one day a time.

Sleep on a comfortable bed. Avoid falling asleep in front of the television. The subconscious brain may be disturbed by the last images seen and replay them as nightmares.

An empty stomach will not sleep. The hunger pains will be uncomfortable.

A milky drink is good before bedtime. Milk has amino-acid tryptophan which can induce sleep.

Limit television and Internet surfing hours. Going beyond the usual bedtime spells trouble as the biological clock is upset and won't induce sleep internally.

Sleep rejuvenates, restores and recharges every part of the body. If these tips still can't help you sleep, it may be time to go for a professional diagnosis and treatment for your sleep disorder.