Everyone has had times in their life where they have had trouble sleeping each night for many different reasons. But if you are struggling to get enough sleep night after night and you are waking up feeling tired and irritable, there may be a bigger issue at play. Sleep disorders affect a number of everyday people who don’t even know that they have them, so it is important to be aware of them in case you stop feeling well-rested each time you go to sleep.
If you find yourself feeling very sleepy throughout the day for no apparent reason, you may have a form of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a disorder that makes you feel extremely drowsy or fall asleep sporadically during the day. It affects your nervous system and it can make it very difficult to lead a normal life if you have this condition because you will start to feel tired at different times of the day without any warning. The condition will usually develop between ages 10 to 25 and it usually affects 1 in 2000 people, but it is not a genetic condition and can develop in individuals with no history of other sleep disorders. Narcoleptics may also find it hard to stay awake for long periods of time, so if you identify with this or any of the other symptoms, you should speak to your doctor about treatments.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious condition that affects your breathing while you sleep. People who have this condition may find that they experience pauses in breathing while they are asleep or they may not get enough oxygen while they are sleeping, which can have a detrimental effect over a long period of time. Because sleep apnea has such a serious effect on you at night, you may start to feel tired and sick during the day if you have this condition. It is hard to diagnose OSA because some people do not show any signs or symptoms during the day and will only show signs of the condition at night when they are asleep. Most doctors recommend that people with this condition undergo CPAP (Continuous Positive Airways Pressure) treatment so that they can get a good night’s rest and breathe easier at night. This involves the use of a CPAP machine and mask at night that will pump air into your airways while you sleep. This type of treatment is proven to help people with the condition because it helps them to breathe better while they are asleep.
If your loved one tends to suffer from episodes of screaming or panic early in the night while they are sleeping, they may be experiencing night terrors. Night terrors cause people to flail, scream and wake in fright which can seriously affect you when you are trying to sleep each night. You may also find that people who experience night terrors do not have any memory of the episode the next morning, whereas most people tend to remember when they have had a nightmare. There is also a link between night terrors and sleep-walking so people who have one of these conditions may also suffer from both of them without knowing that they have them. Night terrors are also a lot more common in children than they are in adults, but most children tend to grow out of them as they get closer to puberty. If you think your child or loved one is suffering from night terrors, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible, so that you can figure out how to deal with the issue.
If you’ve ever had trouble getting to sleep over long periods of time or you have found that you have trouble getting enough sleep each night, you may suffer from insomnia. Other symptoms of insomnia include irritability, tiredness, headache and poor concentration, so if you are showing a few of these signs or symptoms, it may be time to visit your doctor. Some people find that medications like antidepressants or mild sedatives can help them with insomnia, whereas other people find alternative therapies like cognitive behavioural therapies or light therapies can help them with this condition. So if you are struggling to get to sleep each night, you may have this condition.
If you are continuously losing sleep each night over a long period of time or you suspect that you may have one of these conditions, you should talk to your doctor as possible. Although these conditions are common and there are many people all over the world that suffer from these issues, they are not normal, so you should try to get treatment for these issues as soon as you can so that you can go back to resting in peace.