Sleep disorders

NOTE: This page is work in progress, we are gathering tips and techniques how to best use the app to help you with a certain disorder.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Please see more on sleep apnea disorders here.

Other resources:

  • http://sleepeducation.org/healthysleep/sleep-apnea-hurts-hearts

Snoring

Please see more on snoring here.

Hypernychthemeral syndrome

by Michael Worley – thethanatos (at) charter (dot) net

Hypernychthemeral syndrome, also known as Non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome is a sleep disorder wherein a person’s circadian rhythm does not follow a normal 24 hour day/night cycle. While approximately fifty percent of totally blind people do not receive the light stimuli necessary to reset their circadian rhythms to a 24 hour circadian rhythm, it is a disorder much less common in the sighted.

In normal circadian rhythms the day/night cycle is approximately 24.5 hours and is reset daily by sunlight or certain wavelengths of artificial light. In some people there is no response to light stimulus and the circadian rhythms of those people gradually move forward by a half-hour or more every day, in others their circadian rhythms can be greatly increased past 28 hours. For some, the light stimulus throws their circadian rhythms into chaos dramatically and randomly increasing or decreasing their circadian rhythm for a few days. Either way, the normal sleep period for a sufferer of hypernychthemeral syndrome is still seven to nine hours, it is the waking period that is usually much longer in many cases eighteen to twenty-four hours.

Entertainment to a 24-hour day/night cycle is either difficult or impossible for many people which makes planning even more important. Sleep as Android has tools that can make it far easier to plan for doctor’s appointments by tracking sleep over extended periods and making it simpler to figure out when a natural circadian rhythm will allow a doctor’s appointment within a normal working day without having to forcibly adjust to fit their schedule, it’s possible to plan ahead to meet your schedule.

Another very useful tool is the lullabies, the white noise helps to filter out extraneous external noises to make it easier to sleep during the day. Sleep charting and graphing is also useful for diagnosis, bringing a sleep chart over an extended period makes it far easier for the doctor to diagnose the syndrome as well as providing documentation to any specialist that might receive the case.

Sleep as Android is not merely useful for tracking normal sleep patterns for disruptions, it’s also been very useful in planning activities around the sufferer’s schedule instead of forcing sleep deprivation to make an appointment or activity on someone else’s schedule though with enough advance notice, it can also be used to adjust the Non-24 person’s schedule to meet those unavoidable appointments they have no control over.

Insomnia and sleep deprivation

To be added..

Hypersomnia

To be added..

Sleep paralysis

May be linked to narcolepsy – excessive sleep

To be added..

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