There’s Snore To it! Common Sleep Disorders And How To Beat ThemThere’s Snore To it! Common Sleep Disorders And How To Beat Them
There’s Snore To it! Common Sleep Disorders And How To Beat Them
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For most of us, there’s nothing better than being able to, at the end of a long day, fall into our soft, inviting beds, curl up under the duvet and fall asleep. However, if you’re one of forty million Americans who has a sleep disorder night time can be frustrating, frightening and harmful to your health.
We’ve all had those nights where you’ve been unable to drop off as your brain keeps whirring away, replaying the day’s events on a loop or worrying about tomorrow. However, for real insomniacs, even if they do manage to fall asleep they very rarely stay that way for long. Fitful, or broken sleep is extremely common and some people survive on just three, to four hours sleep a night for months on end. Suffers will also begin to struggle with simple tasks however there are a wide variety of insomnia therapies available.
Ever woken feeling dizzy, disorientated and sweaty with a vague sense of dread you can’t put your finger on? Yep, adults get nightmares too, and in some cases, you’ll also experience sleep paralysis, being unable to move or speak upon waking, hallucinations and the very real fear that someone or something is pinning you down. Take a few deep breaths in and out and remind yourself it’s not real. Once you’re able to move, this either takes a few seconds, or even minutes turn on a bedside lamp and wait until the symptoms have passed. Avoiding caffeine before bed, having a regular sleep schedule and exercising daily will help to reduce episodes. Your doctor may also prescribe you with medication designed to alter your REM sleep pattern.
Most of us don’t have any problems breathing while sleeping, in fact, we go to bed barely giving it a second thought. However, if you’re finding yourself gasping for air, waking up suddenly in the middle of the night and feeling tired during the day sleep apnea may be the culprit. If you’re over forty, overweight and have a large neck size, your tiredness could be down to lack of quality sleep. Typically, patients are sent for a sleep study that diagnoses them with sleep apnea and means being fitted for one, or more, CPAP masks or to give them their full medical name are Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Masks. These nasal and face masks are designed to pump air continuously into your throat so your airway doesn’t collapse while you’re asleep.
While more common in children Sleepwalking, or somnambulism, can affect adults too especially if they are under huge amounts of stress or suffering from PTSD. It usually occurs when you’re passing from one phase of sleep into another, so often out of deep sleep into a lighter, or even waking state. Sleepwalking isn’t in itself dangerous; it’s only an issue if the walker can leave their immediate environment or tries to perform tasks while sleeping. The best way to deal with a sleepwalker is to calmly, gently lead them back to bed without waking them. Relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy, and medication are often the preferred treatments for sleepwalking.