Everyone is aware of the importance of sleep. However, many people struggle to get enough. A lack of sleep can increase a person’s risk of developing certain ailments and illnesses. Sometimes sleep habits can actually bring to attention an underlying condition that you did not previously realize you had.
There are many different type of disruption while sleeping that relate to a person’s breathing. Perhaps one of the most well-known is snoring. The noise made when the vibration of the soft tissues in the upper respiratory tract causes snoring. Forty-four percent of men and twenty-eight percent of women are said to be regular snorers. Snoring is caused by another condition or illness such as:
- Nasal congestion
- Enlarged tonsils/adenoids
In order to stop your snoring, the reason you snore needs to be diagnosed. In the case of congestion, there are many options for relief. At most pharmacies, there are decongestants, which are readily available. Adhesive strips are on the market also to hold open the nasal passages. In the case of enlarged tonsils or adenoids, the doctor will usually opt to remove the offending organ. Both adenoid and tonsil surgery are quick procedures that in most cases do not require any more than a few hours in the hospital and some general anesthetics. Hypothyroidism on the other hand is controlled through the prescription of medication.
An estimated thirty-five percent of all adults have experienced some form of insomnia and ten percent are chronic insomniacs. These numbers mean insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. Insomnia usually means that it takes more than 30 minutes for a person to fall asleep, total hours slept per day are less than six and these indicators are present three or more days per week. Insomnia is broken into two categories: Short term and Chronic.
Short-term insomnia can be caused by many different factors, like:
- A change in environment; or,
- Recent illness
In order to deal with short term insomnia there are many sleep-inducing pharmaceuticals available from the shelves of your local drugstore.
If insomnia symptoms progress for more than 3 months, it is considered a chronic condition. Chronic insomnia can be a key indicator of other health problems so it is recommended that you see a doctor who can identify the problem and formulate a treatment plan.
The above are a small cross section of the more common sleep ailments. There are many different types of sleep disruptions. They can be standing between you and a good night sleep. Many doctors will refer patients to a sleep clinic. At this clinic, the body will be monitored and the clinic can identify many patterns and information about your sleep habits, such as how long is spent in deep sleep. Sleep aids the body in maintaining function; a lack of it can make you sick. So think before doing, don’t just go and buy mattress online – always talk to your doctor if you have any concerning sleep issues.
Guest author Kate Simmons is a full time freelance writer currently pursuing university studies in creative writing and journalism.