Sleep is essential, there is no getting around it. It’s so essential in fact that we spend at least a third of our life doing it. That’s, even more, time than we spend watching TV! However, not everyone gets a good night’s rest every night, and this may be because they suffer from one of the sleep problems below. Read on to find out more.
Insomnia is perhaps one of the cruelest sleep problems that there is. It’s when you are tired, but no matter what you do you just can’t get to sleep. Insomniacs may struggle to get 3-4 hours of sleep a night, and this can go on for weeks, not just days.
Obviously, this has a major effect on the quality of their life, as both their physical and mental well-being is put in jeopardy by not sleeping enough. But is there anything that can be done about it?
Well, insomniacs will probably tell you that either isn’t much. But, there are some things that can make it more bearable. Things like doing a favored activity during the long night to take your mind away from rumination over your problems.
The opposite to insomnia, hypersomnia is when you sleep too much. On average an adult should sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night. This will differ from person to person, so as long as you are within this boundary, you are OK. However, some folks can easily sleep up to 12-13 hours a night.
The reasons for this aren’t always immediately apparent, but it can be caused by some underlying medical conditions like thyroid problems and depression. So it is always worth getting them checked out, before embarking on treatment recommended by doctors.
Disturbed sleep can also be problematic for those looking to be refreshed when morning comes, and it has many causes. One of which may be that the mattress you have is the wrong firmness for you. Causing your body to move around or in the night to get comfortable which is likely to wake you up.
To deal with this spend some time to find the right way to sleep, and match your mattress to your sleep position, as this can solve the problem.
However, if your lack of sleep caused by another issue such as your partner having night terrors or restless leg syndrome, it may be better to get them seen by a medical professional. As they can offer some help in reducing these issues. Obviously, until then it can also be a good idea for you if you sleep separately for at least some of the week.
Lastly, a problem that is gaining more recognition now is sleep apnea. This is when you stop breathing when you are asleep for a short amount of time.
It can be caused by an obstruction in the airway, or by an issue in the brain. To help the former sleep masks are used to ensure oxygen is being fed into the body. In the latter case, surgery is usually the key to the issue.
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