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Levels of sleep problems in the developing world are approaching those seen in developed nations, linked to an increase in problems like depression and anxiety says study.

According to the first ever pan-African and Asian analysis of sleep problems, led by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, an estimated 150 million adults are suffering from sleep-related problems across the developing world.

Commonly Known Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome: these are just a few of the recognized disorders that keep their afflicted from getting enough sleep. Studies reflect that nearly half of the world’s populations have difficulty sleeping.

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The following is a brief overview of the most commonly known sleep disorders. Follow the links for more detail, treatment and clinical trials.

Insomnia Chronic and persistent difficulty in either (1) falling asleep (initial insomnia), (2) remaining asleep through the night (middle insomnia), or (3) waking up too early (terminal insomnia). All types of insomnia can lead to daytime drowsiness, poor concentration, and the inability to feel refreshed and rested in the morning.

Narcolepsy is a disabling neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness. It may be described as an intrusion of the dreaming state of sleep (called REM or rapid eye movement sleep) into the waking state.

Excessive daytime sleepiness or Hypersomnolence Excessive can be best defined by considering the following categories of excessive sleep problems: Narcolepsy, Recurrent Hypersomnia, Idiopathic Hypersomnia, Posttraumatic Hypersomnia

Parasomnias are undesirable behavioral, autonomic nervous system, or experiential phenomena during sleep, usually characterized by increased motor and/or autonomic activity, sleep-wake state dissociation, altered responsiveness to the environment, and retrograde amnesia.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults. It is worsened by stress . The cause is not known.

Sleep Apnea-Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which breathing stops during sleep for 10 seconds or more sometimes more than 300 times a night.

Jet lag is best described by a disruption of the body’sown 24-hour clock. Frequent travelers for example, experience changes in time zones resulting in jet lag. Shift workers may also experience jet lag.