List of Common Sleep Problems You May Not Know You Have
Lack of sleep generally affects the total well being of a person. Poor judgement, lousy movements, memory loss, loss of concentration and fatigue are some of the common setbacks for lack of sleep. By the books, it says that we need to sleep at least 8 hours a day in order to give our body ample time to recover from the day’s work and activities. A lot of things happen when we sleep, cells regenerate and repair those that were damaged due to exposure to microbes and allergens during the day, muscles take on its natural healing course and recover faster when we are asleep, our heart beat slower as our physical activity is significantly decreased at night and a lot more.
In reality however, amidst all the hustle and bustle of daily life, 8 hours of sleep is more of a luxury rather than a need. Everybody seems to be working hard for their future but keeps on forgetting to take care of their bodies at the present. People tend to work longer hours at the office and some even brings more jobs at home. The struggle to work more in order to gain more in life could be detrimental in so many ways, one of which is shortening the amount of sleep, both intentionally and unintentionally.
There are many people who are already used to this lifestyle, that when the time comes they do have enough time to rest, their body won’t allow it to happen anymore. Sleep disorders are just about as real as it gets and can wreck havoc on peoples’ health in general.
Here are several types of sleep disorders. You might be suffering from one of them at the moment yet you do not know that it is already a sleep disorder you are experiencing:
- Poor Sleep Hygiene – Although we know at the back of our minds that the more sleep we have, the better for the body. Yet, we are so focused on getting the job done, that we tend to rid our bodies with enough sleep. Medications, alcohol, too much coffee, Internet, and television could rob our body the sleep that it needs thereby resulting to high susceptibility to illness.
- Sleep Apnea – Most people who suffer from this sleep disorder do not even know they do. Their partner’s on the other hand will surely notice this as it is primarily characterized by difficulty of breathing while asleep. This happens when the airway behind the tongue or the nose is shut down by your own muscle. The lack of oxygen will prompt the brain to wake your body up in order to open the airway. This eventually happens every 10 to 20 seconds so you can just imagine what your brain and body has to go through all night just to keep you alive.
- Narcolepsy – You might see these a lot in the movies where people suddenly falls asleep even if they are active prior to it. There is a sudden attack of daytime sleepiness wherein one cannot control the urge to shut the eye.
- Insomnia – how many times have you heard about this disorder? It is almost entirely true that somebody you know might suffer from one. People with insomnia find it hard to sleep at night, and when they do, they usually wake up after a short while then cannot go back to sleep anymore.
All sleep disorders have medications and treatments one way or another. But their prognosis could vary as each individual have different coping mechanisms. What works for others may not entirely work for you so if you are experiencing some sleep problems lately, it is but proper to visit a doctor and seek medical advice. Early detection, if not, prevention of the problem could save you from sinking deeper into sleeping disorders in the long run.