Classification of sleep disorders

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
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Classification of Sleep Disorders

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has identified and officially accepted 81 different sleep disorders of which a few common ones are discussed. Depending on the possible insults to sleep, some of the important and more common sleep disorders are as follows-

  • Insomnia
  • Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Periodic limb movement
  • Parasomnias
  • Hypersomnias
  • Circadian rhythm disorders

References:

  1. Coren, Stanley. Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep. New York: The Free Press; 1996, p. 287.
  2. Sleep Disorders - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sleepdisorders.html)

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