Common Sleep Disorders and Their Troubling Symptoms
Sleep is something that we often take for granted. For some people, going to sleep is just a matter of lying down and closing their eyes, but for others, it takes a lot more work and effort. Then there are those who suffer from sleep disorders and whose life revolves around trying to get to sleep. For those who suffer from sleep disorders — know that you’re not alone. Educating ourselves on different sleep disorders can teach us strategies and techniques that will help us get a longer and more restful night’s sleep in the future.
Insomnia, one of the most basic sleep disorders, is the inability to sleep caused by a variety of factors, from emotions to illness. If you find yourself suffering from insomnia, first look at any new medications or treatments you may have been prescribed, and talk to your doctor about making sure that they aren’t affecting your sleep. Then, if sleep is still elusive, you may want to look into cognitive behavioral therapy to make sure that there aren’t any feelings of discomfort that are preventing you from sleeping restfully. It’s important to deal with insomnia right away, as long-lasting insomnia can lead to serious side effects like depression, stress, and chronic pain.
Snoring — it’s the thing we always used to hear our grandfathers doing, that sometimes we’re secretly afraid that we do ourselves. There are times when we may snore more than others. For example, illness and congestion often make people snore. If it’s a chronic problem, it may make it difficult for both yourself and your partner to get a good night’s sleep. Many people solve this problem by sleeping with earplugs in, or running a white noise machine or a fan to drown out the snores.
Just in case you thought this article was going to be all about not getting enough sleep, we’re going to briefly talk about oversleeping. The formal name for oversleeping is hypersomnia, and it’s characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness followed by long periods of sleep at night. Many people who suffer from hypersomnia find that they are less productive, anxious, and have ongoing memory problems as a result of their excessive sleep. Hypersomnia is often associated with the use of alcohol, and some different prescription medications.