Isn’t it annoying when you have trouble sleeping? Roughly 30 percent of adults in the USA experience some type of sleep problem. There are numerous types of sleep disorders that could be leading you to have less than desirable sleep, which in turn will lead to poor health.
Let me name just a few:
2. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This is one of the most common sleep disorders for a retiree to experience.If you have ever experienced it you will remember the trouble you had falling asleep,or staying asleep.You know the tossing and turning, watching the clock, staring at the ceiling, counting sheep or trying any other method that you think may work.
Insomnia may be acute i.e. of short duration, or chronic lasting over a longer period of time- typically 3 or more nights per week.
What is the cause of Insomnia? It could stem from medications ( many retirees take several medications that could be the culprit); or a change in location ( e.g. you are travelling and in a strange hotel bed); or you could be anxious about an unresolved issue; or perhaps your internal clock ( circadian rhythm) is out of sync.
If Insomnia continues you could have chronic fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, and mood changes.
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
This is another sleep problem that according to the Mayo clinic, is a potentially serious sleep disorder. Breathing stops and starts while the person is asleep.The tongue blocks the airway and cuts off breathing temporarily.I believe most of us know someone who snores loudly then suddenly the sound stops, and you wait anxiously to hear them take another breath.Quite scary!
The individual will feel tired, and lackluster the next day even after a full night’s sleep.
Reportedly there are approximately 100,000 Americans who suffer from this dangerous disorder. The individual will fall asleep almost instantly no matter where they are! This is truly dangerous because it could be that they are operating equipment, or driving a car.
According to the National Institutes of health “Narcolepsy is a chronic brain disorder that involves poor control of sleep wake cycles.” These “sleep attacks” usually last a few seconds or a few minutes.
Narcolepsy is a worldwide problem affecting both men and women alike.It is a lifelong condition that is generally under diagnosed.
While I was in the work world, I did observe a few people who had this condition. I recall one individual who tended to sleep at her desk, and in meetings.Thankfully her supervisor had the wisdom to recommend that she should see her doctor.This led to a happy ending because she was diagnosed and treated quickly.
FOLLOW UP AND TREATMENT
Sleep disorders can be of short duration or can be a chronic problem. They stem from a number of causes, including brain dysfunction, medications or sleep pattern disturbances.
Whatever the cause, they can result in the individual feeling tired, irritable, with poor concentration,or other symptoms.
If you or someone you know have experienced any of these symptoms, it is very important to see your doctor asap. Sleep is such an important part of our lives, that a refreshing night’s sleep can energize the whole body. On the contrary, poor sleep can leave us feeling worn and torn.
Please share your experiences about any sleep related problems, and any solutions that helped you to overcome them.
Have a good night’s rest!