Do you find yourself tossing and turning for hours at night before eventually dozing off to sleep? Does every lying position you adopt seem to get worse as the minutes and hours pass? Do you find that even the slightest sound or the perceived movement of a single strand of hair already jolts you back to wakefulness? You might already be suffering from sleep disorders.
Sleep disorders are common to many people, particularly those who live in the city and virtually have a lot of things to think about — work, family, social life, bills, personal and existentialist issues, and even the alternate route to the office the next day.
Anxiety is the twin sister of sleep disorders. The more worried you are about a certain event, or the more you think about a certain person or object, the more likely you are going to be bothered by sleep disorders.
Most experts say that majority of sleep disorders are psychosomatic. That means they are all in the mind and can be controlled by willing our brains to think that we are rested. However, given the hustle and bustle of the world we live in today, this seems like a challenge. As the world advances and new technologies are introduced, the incidence of sleep disorders also appears to increase.
The most common sleep disorders include insomnia (or the inability to find sleep), sleep apnea (or the inability to breathe normally during sleep), narcolepsy (or uncontrollable sleepiness), restless leg syndrome (or the crawly sensation that bothers your skin at night, thus, disabling sleep), and delayed sleep phase syndrome (or feeling sleepiness at odd times of the day, thus, wreaking havoc on your biological clock).
People who suffer from sleep disorders find themselves unable to concentrate on their work during the day. Often times, these are the people who just go through the motions because they are too weak or sleepy to move around and communicate. They are very unproductive because all that runs through their heads is sleep; but when they finally have the time to get some shut-eye, they can’t.
A sleep disorder is an eternal struggle unless the person finds a way to circumvent the problem, either by shifting his work schedule or looking for a new place to sleep in or by seeking medical intervention. In the case of the latter, doctors might need to prescribe sleeping pills; or if the person is suffering from narcolepsy, drugs that will keep him or her up at least during the day.
Sleep disorders are not just challenging to sleep and wakefulness. They are also a nuisance to regular activities and body functions.