Sleeping disorders can affect
absolutely anybody from children to adults and can
develop for varying reasons. Most
can be treated or managed with medication or sleep
apparatus. These include Periodic Limb Movement
Disorder, narcolepsy and sleep apnea.
By far the most common sleep problem is insomnia, which currently affects more than one third of the adult population. Often sufferers complain of sleeplessness and difficulty falling asleep.
Although it hasn’t been given the same attention as other sleeping disorders, insomnia is a serious problem. Minor symptoms from sleep deprivation may include blurred vision, poor concentration and tiredness. However there are far more problematic symptoms.
Clinical depression has been closely linked to insomnia, as well as cardiovascular disease. Sufferers of sleep deprivation have weaker immune systems making them more susceptible to viruses and diseases.
Although, lack of sleep itself cannot cause death in humans, thousands of accidents and deaths are caused by extreme exhaustion and sleepiness. Studies carried out in Australia and New Zealand, have shown that sleep deprivation can cause the same effects as drunkenness.
Sleeping disorders affect daytime functioning and motor skills and can cause potentially disastrous events. In fact in recent news, two commercial flight pilots fell asleep at their cockpits and missed their landing. It was later revealed that one pilot suffered sleep apnea.
It’s clear that without proper sleep, humans cannot function properly. Sleep does more than reenergize. During deep sleep, blood is sent to vital organs, muscles and to the brain to heal and restore. It’s also during sleep that your body is able to fight off bacteria and viruses.
Sleeping disorders often worsen anxiety, worry and psychological disorders such as depression. No wonder insomnia sufferers experience a downward spiral of poor health and sleep.
Good sleep is essential for health and well-being so it is important to learn how to tackle sleep disorders.