Dealing with Stress and Anxiety Sleep Disorders

If your job or home responsibilities are causing you a considerable amount of stress, you may find that you have not been sleeping on a regular basis either. Getting the right amount of rest can do wonders to help you cope with stress and anxiety as well as reducing your level of nervousness. Here is some information about sleep disorders, as well as how you can avoid developing this condition.

First, you will need to figure out how much sleep you need depending on your age group.

Teenagers usually need about nine and a half hours of sleep every night, but adults can function normally with about seven hours. However, millions of people do not get nearly enough sleep, which means that the body is not able to renew itself at a normal rate. This is one of the reasons that sleep disorders develop, since your body is more likely to fall out of the natural rhythm of sleeping, and stress and anxiety are sure to develop as a result.

Not getting enough sleep will also weaken your immune system, which means you will be more prone to sickness, which will cause you to have to spend more time away from performing daily tasks.

Sleep disorders are quite common in teens, due to a condition called delayed sleep phase syndrome. Due to the hormonal changes that are happening in the body during this time, teenagers tend to be 'night owls' and want to stay awake when the rest of the family is preparing for bed. This also means that your son or daughter will want to sleep later in the morning, and will not get the recommended nine and a half hours of sleep, since school starts early in the morning and throws their sleep schedule off. This could cause significant lack of concentration in school, and can be treated by attempting to 'train' your teen to go to bed an hour or two earlier than they usually would, so that they can wake up refreshed.

If you are eating foods that you are severely allergic to without knowing it, you could also be experiencing sleep disorders like sleep apnea, which is when individuals stop breathing temporarily without sleep. You may also experience insomnia due to indigestion, which is when you have severe difficulty falling asleep, and stay awake for extremely long periods without feeling especially sleepy, until it is almost time for you to wake up.

If drinking a glass of water or warm milk does not quite help with your sleep disorders, you may want to try eating a banana or a bowl of oatmeal a few minutes before going to bed. These foods are rich in tryptophan and serotonin, which will help you to relax and will make sleeping easier.