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.

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