Sleep is essential for the human body to function properly and lack of sleep can begin affecting daily functions
and the thought process. For some folks sleep is a time to dread because they never feel rested. From sleep apnea,
to snoring, to anxiety disorders, these conditions can disrupt your much-needed rest to the point where you cannot
function in your daily life. Other things that can prevent you from getting a good nights sleep include where and
how you sleep. Specifically, the condition of your bed, mattress and even the bed linen can all contribute to how
well you sleep and how you feel when you wake up.
Sleep disorders can occur in folks of all ages. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their health problems may
be a direct result of a sleep disorder.
Folks suffering from jet lag or those who have trouble sleeping because of shift work are having a
disturbance in their sleep/wake cycle
Folks who experience sleepwalking or enuresis are experiencing sleep
interruptions associated with behavioral problems
Any condition in which your sleep does not follow the typical sleep phase cycle or does not stay in each cycle
for a sufficient period of time is a disruptive sleep disorder. Those who have disrupted sleep tend to not
experience restorative sleep. Sleep deprivation can make you irritable, tired, have less focus, a lower frustration
level, and can lead to exhibiting behavior that is more emotional and impulsive.
One dangerous fact about sleeping disorders is that they weaken the immune system and make us more susceptible
to other diseases like diabetes, cancer and even the common cold. It is not uncommon for folks who suffer from
sleep deprivation due to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia to also suffer from other
problems including diabetes, asthma or a second sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders can affect anyone at any age. Even young children can suffer from problems such as night
terrors, nightmares and bedwetting. Insomnia is especially common among the elderly. They also respond more quickly
to disturbances such as noise, light and pain while they are asleep. Studies about sleep disorders have shown that
they seem to occur mostly in women, with over forty percent reporting that daytime sleepiness affects their ability
to function. The disorder seems to become even more complicated during pregnancy and menopause.
Almost everybody suffers from a sleep disorder at some time, but ignoring a persistent problem could result in
serious health problems. Recovery may include a lifestyle change or altering your sleep habits. Talk to your doctor
about sleep disorders and find out more about the variety of treatments available. A good night of sleep can
improve both your health and your quality of life.