Most of us have experienced trouble sleeping at one time or another. This is normal and usually temporary, due to stress or other outside factors. But if sleep problems are a regular occurrence and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders cause more than just sleepiness. The lack of quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance, and health. If you’re experiencing sleeping problems, learn about the symptoms of common sleep disorders, what you can do to help yourself, and when to see a doctor.
Everyone experiences occasional sleeping problems, but how can you tell whether your sleeping problem is just a minor, passing annoyance or a sign of a more serious sleep disorder or underlying medical condition?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may be dealing with a sleep disorder.
- Feel irritable or sleepy during the day
- Have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching television or reading
- Fall asleep or feel very tired while driving
- Have difficulty concentrating
- Often get told by others that you look tired
- Have trouble controlling your emotions
- Feel like you have to take a nap almost every day
Treatment for sleep disturbances depends on the causes and can include any of the following:
- sleeping pills
- melatonin supplements
- allergy or cold medication
- addressing other health conditions
- medications for any underlying health issues
- breathing device or surgery to address sleep apnea
- using a dental guard for teeth grinding
- weight loss
- having a regular sleeping schedule
- decreasing stress and anxiety
- decreasing evening water consumption
- decreasing or limiting caffeine intake
- decreasing tobacco and alcohol use