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More bout Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep Problems

Sleep problems come in a list. They include, insomnia, sleep deprivation, restless leg syndrome, and even snoring among several others.

Sleep problems are mostly caused by psychological issues such as anxiety and stress. Your sleep habits can also lead to this. Lack of getting enough sleep is also a major causative for this. Elaborated below are some of the common problems:

  • Insomnia- it is caused by stress, anxiety, drug and substance abuse and also effects from some medications. It is manifested by one lacking sleep or not being able to maintain a considerable sleep duration. It is treated by therapy and even some medical prescriptions.
  • Sleepwalking- It is mostly caused by lack of enough sleep. It is manifested by instance of one walking while asleep. It is treated by one getting enough sleep, avoiding intake of liquids near bedtime, and sleeping in a quiet environment.
  • Bruxism- also known as teeth grinding. It is manifested when one grinds the teeth while sleeping. It is treated through one being asked not to chew items which are not food as this makes the jaw to be used to clenching. A mouth guard can also be issued as a remedy.
  • Restless leg syndrome- Medics have not been able to explain the real cause of this. It is manifested by the irresistible urge for one to move the limbs while asleep. The remedy for this has been termed as exercise and reduced intake of alcohol and caffeine. Medication is issued on severe cases.
  • Narcolepsy- This condition is caused by abnormalities in some parts of the brain. It is manifested by one falling asleep when not even expecting. This is a more serious condition and therefore medication is always prescribed.

Most of the sleep disorders are due to our faults whereby we tend to neglect sleep and focus on other things which we consider to be important. In case you have any of the stated of the disorder or others, you should visit the doctor for advice and medication.

Sleep Apnea Checklist

  • Check your pillow and mattress: Sometimes an uncomfortable pillow and mattress contribute to poor sleep health. If you’re constantly trying to find comfort in a mattress that’s too firm or too soft, you might need a change.
  • Find a quiet place or do something about it: Sleeping with the TV on or someone else awaken around you might contribute to your sleeping problems. If you can’t find a quiet place to sleep you might want to get a white noise generator to mask bothering noises.
  • Practice breathing techniques: Stress is a significant contributor to insomnia. Sometimes you’re tired enough to get asleep, but your mind is overactive. Practicing breathing will help you at that moment.
  • Get an audio with guided meditation: There are many audios over the internet featuring guided meditations to get you asleep. They are quite effective for some people, and you might give them a try.
  • Stop eating alcohol and coffee: These have a diuretic effect that would likely have you wake up at night to urinate. If this problem is affecting your sleep, cut alcohol, coffee, and any drink with a diuretic effect.
  • Turn off the screens: One of the most common solutions to sleep better is to turn off every screen in your dorm one hour prior to your sleeping time. You can read a book instead, or do something that soothes your mind.
  • Get your own sleeping ritual: Dimming the lights, relaxing background music, a soothing smell, drinking hot milk, and many other mind triggers may help you if you adopt them every single night prior to sleep. Your mind will understand you do the same thing before going to sleep and will ultimately comply.


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