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Children and adolescents need at least nine hours of sleep per night. Sleep problems and a
lack of sleep can have negative effects on children's performance in school, during extracurricular
Physical Side Effects of Oversleeping
Is oversleeping getting in the way of your day? WebMD explains what can happen -- the physical
side effects -- of getting too much sleep.
Occasional snoring is usually not very serious and is mostly a nuisance for your bed partner. However, if you are a habitual snorer, you not only disrupt the sleep patterns of those close to you, but you also impair your own sleep quality.
Parasomnias are disruptive sleep disorders that can occur during arousals from REM sleep or partial arousals from non-REM sleep. Parasomnias include nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, confusional arousals, and many others. Continue reading below
Nightmares in Adults
When you wake up terrified from a disturbing nightmare, you might think you're the only adult who has them. After all, aren't adults supposed to outgrow nightmares?
terrors in children are distinctly different from the much more common nightmares. Night terror symptoms are frequent and recurrent episodes of intense crying and fear during sleep, with difficulty arousing the child.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Here's information to help you understand how obstructive sleep apnea can affect your life and what can be done about it.
Central Sleep Apnea
In central sleep apnea, breathing is disrupted regularly during sleep because of the way the brain functions.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.
Sleepwalking symptoms aren’t as obvious as they may seem. Get the details here.
While bedwetting can be a symptom of an underlying disease, a large majority of children who wet the bed have no underlying disease that explains their bedwetting.
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis, the teeth can be damaged and other complications can arise, such as jaw muscle discomfort or TMJ pain.
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
In a person with REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), the paralysis that normally occurs during REM sleep is incomplete or absent, allowing the person to "act out" his or her dreams.
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
Circadian rhythm disorders are disruptions in a person's circadian rhythm -- a name given to the "internal body clock" that regulates the (approximately) 24-hour cycle of biological processes in animals and plants.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep.
Hypersomnia (Daytime Sleepiness)
Hypersomnia, or excessive sleepiness, is a condition in which a person has trouble staying awake during the day. People who have hypersomnia can fall asleep at any time -- for instance, at work or while they are driving.
Have you ever felt like you were awake but unable to move? You might have even felt afraid but could not call for help? This condition is called sleep paralysis.
Sleep-Related Eating Disorders
Sleep-related eating disorders are characterized by abnormal eating patterns during the night.Shift Work Sleep Disorder
Shift work sleep disorder
is trouble sleeping because you work nights or rotating shifts. You also may have this problem if you have trouble staying awake or alert when you are supposed to work your shift.