Sleep Disorders and Problems
We’ve all been there. Trying to catch some good night sleep after a hectic day at work or in our daily activities, so that we can be able to freshen ourselves for the next day. But when we get to bed and try to catch some sleep we find that we can’t get any. Or in the event that we get some sleep, we’re restless the whole night or we may at times experience some terrifying nightmares and that we fear going back to sleep. At times, albeit without our knowledge we snore so loud that we end up waking our sleeping partners and may end up resulting in some friction if the partner feels so much disturbed, uncomfortable and feels can’t coup with such behavior prompting the end of a good relationship.
You may assume that such incidences are a normality or temporal and you will get over it, which is not very far from truth but you might also be up for another big challenge if you are dealing with any sleep disorder which calls for medical check up yet you make the assumption that it will be over soon. Sleep disorders may not be just the lack of sleeplessness but may be a myriad of other healthy complexities which need to be addressed. Despite the fact that you feel sleepy and fatigued during the day which is normal, or wake up feeling tired or pained in the joints, or neck, it’s important to know and detect any early signs which may indicate sleeping disorders.
How to identify if you are suffering from sleep disorder.
That sleep is a necessity is not a subject of debate. Every resourceful person needs quality sleep so that they not only rest and freshen up, but also to restore body energy, and ensure a healthy balance both emotionally, physically and psychologically. Quality sleep also is a big motivation in one’s activities as it largely boosts morale, encourages efficiency and sets the right mood for that person. The amount of sleep a person needs depends on several factors but largely is dependent on age. In general:
• Infants need about 14-15 hours a day.
• Teenager needs about 8.5-9.5 hours on average.
• Adults need about 5-8 hours a day.
Therefore quality sleep is a good gauge for the overall health of a person’s wellness, that is, a person of sound health is supposed to sleep well in the event that the person has not used any drink or food or substance for example drugs which might cause lack of sleep. In the instances that the person lacks quality sleeps that could be a signal of ill medical or mental health which could be acute and temporal or a serious condition.
This implies that sleep disorders can largely impair once judgments, performance and the execution of one’s duty. It may lead to accidents and also can strain relationships between loved one’s or family and friends and thus need to be addressed by a qualified professional.
At times you may have sleep problems due to changes in sleeping schedules or you are simply having poor sleeping patterns. You still should look out for the below signs and identify if you need medical attention:
Signs &Symptoms of Sleeping Disorders.
• Fatigue, irritability and sleepiness during the day.
• Feeling sleepy when executing your regular duties.
• Have difficulties concentrating.
• You physically look withered and tired.
• Have difficulties sleeping during the night.
• Sweating a lot at night or you bed wet.
• Require drugs to induce sleep or caffeinated drinks to keep wake.
• You experience nightmares during the night.
• You sleepwalk or talk in ‘voices’ while asleep.
• You snore.
Those are the most common signs although the above list is not conclusive, hence you may also be experiencing some symptoms not mentioned above which indicate that you are suffering from sleep disorders. You need to therefore check some of the common sleep disorders as listed below:
Insomnia. This is a sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep normally or get to sleep the requisite amount of time which is needed by a normal person to rest. This condition is usually as a result of psychological and physiological strains and pressures for example stress, anxiety, depression , or could caused by lifestyle changes or it can altogether be caused by other health issues affecting you.
Sleepwalking. Sleepwalking is a sleep disorder whereby the person involved arises from a sleep stage in a state of low consciousness and performs activities which are normally performed by a person during a state of full consciousness.
Snoring. Snoring occurs when the flow of air through the mouth or nasal airway is obstructed resulting to a loud harsh sound of inhaling and exhaling air when one is asleep. This sleep condition is more common in men and overweight people.
Sleeptalking. It is a condition characterized by monologue or dialogue or mumbling of insensible and irrelevant words by the sleeptalker as they sleep and are unconscious of it.
Nightmares. Nightmares are terrifying imaginative occurrences or unpleasant dreams that disrupt one’s sleep. They usually involve some imminent danger or really scary situations like ghosts. They are most common to children as they grow up and start experiencing the sense of fear. Despite that they are still common among adults.
Bedwetting. This is mostly seen and understood as normal to children mostly below the age of 12 but at times it extends to adulthood. It is a condition whereby the said person may wets the bed at night because of urinating. It may be a result of health issues stemming from the nervous system and in turn affecting the urinary tract hence it fails to hold or control urine.
Narcolepsy and cataplexy. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder affecting the nerves which control sleep and wakefulness in a person. This results to affected person experiencing excessive sleepiness during the day. The sleepiness occurs in episodes which could be more than 10 and can occur any time without warning.
REM behavior Disorder.
Circadian rhythm sleep disorders.
Delayed phase sleep disorders.