Do You Have Trouble Sleeping? The 5 Most Common Sleep Disorders

Do you have trouble sleeping? 

Do you wake up feeling exhausted?

Do you feel sleepy or lethargic during the day? 

Every third person you meet may have trouble sleeping as it is one of the most common issues reported throughout the world. According to Statistics Canada, one in three Canadians sleep less than the recommended seven to nine hours per night.

If you are going through the same thing, you need to recognize the sleep disorder through the symptoms and get the holistic health treatment you need. 

What Is Sleep Disorder?

Quality sleep is a necessity. It helps you be at your best, stay healthy and perform up to your potential. 

Sleep disorder is a condition that frequently impacts your ability to enjoy quality sleep. Sometimes due to stress, travel, illness or other issues, many of us experience difficulty in sleeping. However, you might have a sleep disorder if you regularly have sleep problems that might include:

  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Wake up feeling exhausted
  • Feel sleepy during the day
  • Can’t sleep for more than a few hours
  • Wake up multiple nights during the night

Sleep disorders are much more than daytime sleepiness. They can take a serious toll on your well-being and ignoring sleep problems can lead to weight gain, car accidents, impaired job performance, memory problems and even strained relationships. 

Reasons you can develop sleep disorders include:

  • Poor sleep hygiene
  • Sleep-related breathing disorders
  • Medical conditions
  • Disrupted sleep-wake schedule
  • Hormonal changes
  • Limb movements during sleep
  • Circadian rhythm disorders

The 5 most common sleep disorders are:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Sleep Apnea
  3. Narcolepsy
  4. Restless Legs Syndrome
  5. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Now let’s take a look at these sleep disorders in detail.


If you are having trouble sleeping or staying asleep then you might be suffering from insomnia. There are two different types of insomnia. 

  1. Transient or Short-Term Insomnia. This type of insomnia often occurs in the aftermath of a stressful life event.
  2. Chronic Insomnia- It is characterized by having difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep for at least one month and also, you feel exhausted during the day.

Symptoms of insomnia include:

  • You can’t sleep even when you’re tired
  • You can’t get enough sleep to feel well-rested 
  • You experience restless sleep and are exhausted when you awake
  • You are unable to concentrate and feel tired and irritable
  • Your quality of life and social life may be affected
  • You may also from headaches, tense muscles and gastrointestinal symptoms


A serious yet common disorder, you wake up as your body and brain are oxygen-deprived as your airway repeatedly becomes blocked. You might make choking noises or will snore loudly. If it happens multiple times a night it might be a severe case.

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • You wake up during the night with a dry or sore throat
  • You snore loudly
  • You wake up gasping or choking
  • You feel extremely sleepy during the day
  • You lack energy, feel tired and irritable
  • You suffer from headaches


Do you suddenly fall asleep at any time no matter where you are? And it is uncontrolled even during unusual circumstances?. People with narcolepsy are unable to regulate their sleep-wake cycle.

Symptoms of narcolepsy include:

  • You fall asleep without warning
  • You feel very drowsy during the day
  • You suffer from sleep paralysis
  • You experience cataplexy (temporary loss of muscle control) 
  • Hallucinations as you transition from wake to sleep and vice versa
  • Insomnia and disturbed nighttime sleep


It is an uncontrollable urge to manoeuvre your legs while you’re resting. You could also experience unpleasant sensations in other body parts.

Symptoms of RLS include:

  • You feel strong urges to move your legs
  • You suffer from a crawling sensation or ache in your legs
  • Your symptoms are worse when you’re inactive
  • Your symptoms get worse at night
  • You find some relief when you stretch, walk or move


You act out your dreams while you sleep when you have REM sleep behavior disorder. The condition can cause danger to you or anyone around you.

Symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder include:

  • You move your limbs in your sleep
  • You shout, talk, hit, punch, scream while asleep

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above or know someone who is experiencing sleep problems, seek professional help. Want to learn more about having trouble sleeping? Get answers to your questions about sleep disorders or find a holistic practitioner specific to your needs.