Do you know that 93 percent of Indians are sleep deprived; getting less than 8 hours sleep?
The worst part of this statistic is that more than half of the people suffering from sleep disorders don’t consider it something to be worried about. Above that, only 2% of Indians discuss their lack of sleep with the doctor and take appropriate steps to deal with it.
Though not having proper sleep seems not so worrisome from the surface, it actually affects one’s well-being, mental health, and body in the ways that you couldn’t imagine. One sleepless night is ok. But if you are having sleepless nights now and then, you must pay attention to it as it could be a sign of a sleep disorder.
How to find out whether you have fallen into the nippers of sleep disorder or not?
The symptoms of sleep disorders are very common and shares similarities with other common conditions that people fail big to identify its presence in their lives. Some of the key symptoms of sleep disorders are:
- Trouble falling asleep – If you are not falling asleep within 10-15 minutes as you go to bed.
- Fatigue during the day – If you are feeling tired and exhausted soon after the day begins.
- Anxiety and irritability – You’re losing your calm at the drop of a hat.
- Loss of appetite & concentration – Neither you’re able to concentrate on something nor do you feel hungry.
If all of this is happening with you, we regret to say sleep disorder can be a culprit here.
There are many reasons that can be blamed for promoting a sleep disorder:
- Hectic lifestyle
- Not having proper knowledge about ways to promote proper sleep. Sometimes, a bad mattress can also give you sleepless nights
- Some sort of diseases like diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, thyroid, and breathing issues
- Consumption of certain type of medication
- Mental issues like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia
- Neurological issues like dementia, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.
Type of sleep disorders
Just as there are many reasons for sleep disorders, there are many types of sleep disorders as well. However, the most common ones can be stated as Parasomnia, Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB), and Parasomnias. There are many sub-categories of these types as well which we have kept reserve for another day.
How to get rid of a sleep disorder?
As we have already mentioned that sleep order can be very evil if left ignored for a long time, fixing it as soon as possible is imperative. Here are the ways to achieve it.
Take medical assistance
Taking melatonin supplements, sleeping pills, and medication for underlying health conditions that are causing sleep disorders are some ways that your doctor can suggest you here.
Make lifestyle changes
Having a proper sleeping routine, avoiding too sugar and heavy dinners at night, reducing alcohol consumption, and having the right sleeping mattress are some of the lifestyle changes that can help you keep sleep disorder at bay. So, adopt all these tips and enjoy a pleasant sleep.