Understanding Sleep Disorder and Its Risks
We all experience sleepless nights, like a lot of things running in our minds. And all at the same time, keeping our brains busy and active. No matter how we clear our minds, there is still something that our brains will come up with. And in turn, we can’t help but think about it. May it be past regrets, events, something you are worried about, or anxiety about anything. Or something that keeps you awake at night, which disrupts the quality, amount and timing of your sleep.
There are also other external factors that contribute to why we experience these times of sleeplessness. Factors like noise, the brightness of the surroundings, temperature and the environment itself can be the primary cause for some people. Other causes are by work commitments or even medications that inhibit them from getting a night of quality sleep. All in all, a large percentage of the population suffers from sleeplessness or sleep disorders in general. Thus, it causes problems during their daytime functioning such as being sleepy, easily gets fatigued, or being drowsy at times. These sleep disorders may be linked to either physical, mental or emotional problems. And may eventually lead to poor health, or become fatal in the long run.
Sleep Disorder Causes
As I have mentioned earlier, there are a lot of factors that contribute to being sleepless. We can put them into four main categories, and that is:
- Factors that affect the person physically – physical disturbances, usually cause pain or discomfort during sleep, which may keep the person away until the disturbance subsides or went away. Physical disorders such as severe headaches, a painful toothache that the person insists on not going to the dentist. Also, Arthritis, ulcers, fibromyalgia, or other illness that pain can affect the suffering person’s quality of sleep most of the time.
- Medical issues – medical issues such as Nocturia (frequent urination at night, usually waking the person up during their sleep). Also, Thyroid disease, breathing diseases such as asthma, Parkinson’s disease (especially on seniors). Also, Epilepsy, Dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease). And others will significantly affect the person’s sleep quality, duration, and even their schedule.
- Mental health disorders or Psychiatric Issues – These are such as anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and phobias, Bipolar disorder, depression. And basically, any mental disorder that disrupts the regular pattern and quality of a person’s sleep.
- Environmental and external factors – factors that we sometimes have no control of, such as night construction work or concerts near your house. Also, it may involve alcohol, medications or the use of illegal drugs. Sometimes, it may be the snoring of your partner, your baby crying in the middle of the night. And also job or study commitments that make you work overtime or around the time which you should be sleeping are just among a few of the things that can disrupt your sleeping patterns.
Signs of Sleep Disorder
Of course, Sleep disorder has a typical sign of difficulty sleeping, especially at night. Other symptoms may include having a hard time going to sleep, can get to sleep, but can’t get back to it or have difficulty sleeping back again if awakened, and waking up way too early.
Other signs of sleeplessness may include that can all be a symptom of a sleep disorder:
- Feeling tired or fatigued after waking up,
- Having extreme daytime sleepiness,
- Always feel tired all the time,
- Having difficulties in the mental task and also in
- Concentrating on any task,
- Decreased performance,
- Having emotional problems and
- Is always stressed out, and
- Always tend to forget a lot of things.
How To Fix It
Sleep disorders can be treated depending on the severity of the situation. If you can’t quickly go to sleep, you can try to go to bed earlier than your normal routine. It is also best to avoid taking naps during the day. And to lessen your consumption of caffeine and nicotine (these two chemicals are stimulants which keeps your body from falling asleep).
You can also make your room more comfortable and to make sure that it is quiet and void of any distraction. Thus, to promote a much better mental and physical state before your slumber. This option may be easy to say, but keeping your mind clear before you can make a lot of difference. You can achieve this by settling all the tasks you need to do while you are awake so that you don’t have anything to worry or to think about before you sleep.
In severe instances of insomnia or other diseases that can lead to being sleepless at night, the best way to it is to ask for medical help as soon as possible, so that the right medications to combat this will be available, or at least ease its symptoms.
Sleep disorder should not be taken lightly, for it does have a significant impact, especially to our daily routine and our performance towards it. Having sleep disorders will also lead to contracting other severe diseases since your immune system will be significantly affected by it. Combating this until you can return to your normal sleeping routine will bring back not just your vigor, but also your mental and emotional health, leading to a much healthier you.