Sleep Problems

At some point in our lives, every one of us will likely experience a time when we have difficulty sleeping. Sleep problems are not uncommon among the general population, as there are many factors that can contribute to poor sleep and insufficient rest such as stress, diet, and sleep disorders to name a few.

That said, while the occasional bout of insomnia is nothing to worry about, when sleep problems become a regular occurrence, it is important that this matter is taken seriously and the appropriate steps are taken to help combat the situation. Why? Chronic sleep issues can lead to health problems, decline in work productivity, constant fatigue, moodiness, reduced mental focus and much more. Over time, sleeplessness and inadequate rest will negatively affect your daily life and those you care about.

How can you tell if your sleep problems are related to sleep disorders? The following are certain tell-tale signs that you should watch for, including – but not limited to:

  • Feeling tired and irritable throughout the day
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Struggling to stay awake when you are sedentary (i.e. sitting still, reading, watching television)
  • You are often told you look tired by others
  • Difficulty controlling emotions or emotional outbursts
  • Slow reactions
  • Habitually drinking caffeinated beverages to keep your energy levels up
  • Feeling like you need a nap most days

If you are encountering any of these above symptoms on a frequent basis, you should speak with your doctor, as you may be dealing with a sleep disorder.

What are the most common types of sleep disorders? While there are different sleep problems that result in sleep deprivation, the more widespread ones include:

  • Insomnia – the inability to achieve enough sleep to feel adequately rested.
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS) – the urge to move the arms or legs while lying down due to uncomfortable sensations of creeping, aching or tingling in these appendages.
  • Narcolepsy – daytime sleepiness that is excessive and uncontrollable.
  • Sleep Apnea –a blockage in the upper airway that temporarily stops breathing during sleep and causes the afflicted person to awaken.

In the event your sleep problems become persistent or worsen, consult with your healthcare provider to obtain sleep aid advice and to receive a proper diagnosis, so sleep disorders can be determined or ruled out. It’s important to seek the professional guidance of your medical practitioner, because finding out the root of the problem will help you treat it more effectively.

Depression Linked to Poor Sleep

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If you’ve been struggling to get out of bed in the morning, you may want to speak with your doctor about the poor sleep depression connection.

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Sleep Deprivation Health Problems

August 13, 2019
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Many people don’t get the amount of sleep that they need and are suffering from sleep deprivation, which can cause serious health problems.

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July 31, 2019
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Tracking your sleep with a device and app can be a good way to make sure that you are getting enough hours of rest every night. Yet, obsessive sleep tracking is not a good thing. In fact, it could end up destroying your ability to rest. Keep reading to see what we mean. You End […]

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Nocturia and Night Urination

July 16, 2019
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If you think you may have nocturia, you should bring up your concerns with your doctor and obtain an official diagnosis to discover the root cause.

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Experts Say Sleep Trackers Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

June 6, 2019
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Have you been hearing a lot about sleep trackers, to the point that you are considering getting one and trying it out? Well, it turns out that they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Sad, but true. Keep reading to see what we mean.

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April 2, 2019
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Sleep deprivation is terrible, and it has a host of negative impacts on people’s daily lives. In addition to making you more reluctant to go to social events, being too tired might even cause other people to avoid you and leave you out, according to Medical News Today. Keep reading to learn more about the […]

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Another Sleepless Night? The CDC Has Called Sleep Deprivation a Public Health Crisis

January 22, 2019
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A lot of people have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep every night, so if you are having difficulty with getting enough rest, you aren’t alone. In fact, sleepless nights have become extremely common. One-third of the adults in the United States aren’t getting enough shuteye. On top of that, 80% of individuals experience trouble […]

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Are Sleep Problems Adding to Your Holiday Stress?

December 14, 2018
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For many people, the holidays aren’t necessarily the most wonderful time of the year. Instead, the holidays can be extremely frazzling. And, if you’re dealing with holiday stress, you might become more susceptible to getting sick because your immune system suffers as a result of the ongoing tension. Or, you might find that you’re having […]

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Sleep Deprivation Turns Tiny Distractions into Big Problems

October 22, 2018
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Small distractions happen to all of us every day. They might throw you off course for a few minutes while you’re trying to get work done, but they generally aren’t major problems. This changes when you are suffering from sleep deprivation. At that point, those small distractions that would’ve otherwise been meaningless could actually end […]

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What to Do if You Can’t Sleep When Taking Pre-Workout Supplements

May 24, 2018
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Do you like to take a pre-workout supplement to help you get the fuel that you need to get through your workouts? But do you find that you can’t sleep when taking pre-workout supplements? Then check out the information below to learn about what you can do to combat this common side effect.

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