It’s been a long day. All your chores are completed and the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. You curl up in bed and ready to fall into sweet sleep, but the minutes go by and you still find yourself wide awake. After finally falling asleep, something has woken you up again, making you feel frustrated and hopeless. Morning comes and fatigue accompanies you once again throughout the day. If this sounds familiar, there is a good chance you too have a sleep disorder. But how can you tell for sure? the first step is to learn about different types of sleep disorders.
What are sleep disorders?
Sleep disorders include a set of conditions that affect the ability to sleep regularly throughout the night. Quality and quantity of sleep can be impaired for many different reasons, including age, gender, health or mental problems and use of substances such as caffeine, drugs or alcohol. While there are numerous sleep issues which are considered to be sleep disorders (sleep talking or tooth grinding for example), we will focus on those most common ones that can explain why you might find yourself awake at night, asking the infinite question: do I have a sleep disorder?
Insomnia will be manifested by persistent difficulty to fall asleep and maintain quality sleep throughout the night, which among other reasons can be caused by feelings of stress or anxiety. It may cause tiredness throughout the day, leading to low energy levels, poor concentration and irritability.
Circadian Rhythm disorders are caused by desynchronizations between internal sleep-wake rhythms and the light-darkness cycle. Individuals suffering from this condition might find themselves not being able to sleep and running their daily routine through the small hours of the night.
You may be surprised to learn that snoring is also considered to be a sleep disorder; aside from the fact that it might disrupt your bed partner’s sleep, snoring may indicate more significant health problems that need to be addressed, such as Sleep Apnea. It can occur when the upper airway gets blocked repeatedly during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow, which can severely impact health and quality of life. People suffering from Sleep Apnea might not even be aware of their sleep issue. They may experience up to hundreds of short stops in breathing during a single night, with each stop lasting for ten to thirty seconds.
Why can't I sleep? Get to know the modern sleep disorder
When one asks : "why can't I sleep?" we often tend to underrate the most modern and maybe common sleep problem of all – Sleep Deprivation. Often linked to a busy lifestyle, it happens when you consistently get less sleep than you need in order to feel refreshed and alert; while occasional sleep disruptions are legit and probably won’t affect you in the long-run, on-going lack of sleep is a different issue; it can lead to impaired performance, difficulty concentrating, disorientation and of course fatigue and sleepiness throughout the day.
Although many of us think of sleep issues as being periodic and transitory, they can have a significant impact on various aspects of life, from affecting our daily routine and lowering productivity, to creating health problems and endanger our lives. Treating sleep issues will not only improve functioning throughout the day, but will also enhance well-being and may prevent future health problems as well.
While each one of us is unique and made up of different qualities and characteristics, so is our sleep. Dayzz sleep app assesses your overall lifestyle and personal sleep behavior, determines what’s causing your sleep problems and provides you with a personalized training plan that constantly guides you on how to improve sleep. Start with getting a quick sleep assessment!