Have you ever been awake at three in the morning, and finding sleep an impossibility? A lot of people don’t know that they control how they sleep. But if you’re having trouble sleeping regularly and it starts to affect your everyday life, then you may have a sleep disorder. Being sleepy is not all sleep disorders can cause. It may also have an effect on your health and emotional well-being.
Sleep Disorders and Problems
Those who experience sleeping problems more often than not, have some sort of underlying health issue. People need enough sleep. Lacking just a bit is enough to affect a person’s stress levels, energy and mood.
Having trouble sleeping at night on a regular basis, feeling lethargic during the day, and waking up tired–all of these are not normal. A lot of people though, have dealt with sleeping problems for a long time that it begins to feel normal to them. But they can change it all, simply by making adjustments in their lives.
Common sleep disorders
Insomnia happens when people don’t get to sleep or wake up in the middle of the night. Other symptoms include shallow sleep that doesn’t re-energize or refresh you, and exhaustion.
Sleep apnea happens when your breathing gets interrupted in the middle of sleep. There is a possibility that people who suffer from this experience repeated interruptions of their breathing during sleep.
When you drive your car, or lie on your bed or sit in a theater for too long, you may end up with a disorder called restless leg syndrome, wherein you feel the need to move your legs while you sleep.
If you feel very sleepy during the day time, and you seemingly cannot control your sleep, you have narcolepsy. This is a neurological problem that gets in the way of both wakefulness and sleep. It can happen any time during the day.
Diagnosing Sleeping Problems
Consult with your physician or any health practitioner if you happen to exhibit any of the symptoms you’ve read above. Have a physical exam. For insomniacs, therapy is most often recommended. A positive airway pressure machine is effective for those with sleep apnea. A combination of regular exercise, and less consumption of caffeinated and/or alcoholic beverages is the solution for those with restless leg syndrome. Narcolepsy requires immediate medication.
Remember, you are responsible for your well-being.