What are sleep disorders or sleep problems?
Many lifestyle factors contribute to lack of sleep from time to time. Stress, anxiety, jet lag, illness, caffeine, alcohol and other activities contribute to our sleep. But if you’re finding that your inability to get to sleep or stay asleep is dragging on; then there may be something larger afoot.
A sleep disorder is a condition that regularly impacts your day to day life. You may experience constant daytime tiredness, aching joints, and muscles, a lack of energy and memory problems. It may also affect your job performance and put a strain on your overall wellbeing. Left untreated, sleep disorders may lead to having a serious effect on your mental and physical health.
Common Signs and Symptoms of a sleep disorder
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep – may even be scared to fall asleep
- Unexplained sudden sleepiness
- Feeling drowsy whilst driving
- Trouble concentrating
- Slow to react
- Waking unrefreshed and needing afternoon naps
- Aching or tingling muscles during the night
Types of common sleep disorders
- Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
- Sleep Walking
- Sleep Terrors
- Sleep Apnoea
Self-improvement for sleep disorders
Whilst some sleep disorders may require a consult with a medical professional, there are many things you can do to assist with your sleeping habits. Curb daytime habits such as afternoon caffeine, alcohol or cigarettes. Aim to keep a sleep routine and add some exercise to your day. Try implementing relaxing therapies such as yoga or meditation to your day to manage stress. Also if you are encountering problems regarding snoring Geelong area, you can consult Dental Sleep Clinic.
However, if you feel you may suffer from a sleep disorder it’s important to seek help from your GP who will refer you to a Sleep Physician. If your disorder is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, your physician may refer you to Dental Sleep Clinic Australia. We would be happy to help treat you with an oral appliance.
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