How To Understand and Treat Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders come in different categories such as the following:

  • trouble falling and remaining asleep
  • trouble sleeping regularly
  • trouble during sleeping
  • trouble staying awake

No matter what your symptoms may be, here are some ways to help you sleep normally:

  1. Know your condition.  If you can't tell why you have trouble falling asleep, ask those who see you sleep to watch you while sleeping and report any strange behaviors and characteristics you may have while in bed.  You could also go to a sleep disorder clinic in order to be diagnosed and treated appropriately.  Seek these clinics by searching for them online, looking in directories or going to the hospital and asking if they have specialists or clinics available to recognize and treat your specific condition.

    Here are some common sleep disorders:

    • narcolepsy
    • apnea
    • snoring
    • restless leg syndrome
    • nightmares
    • sleepwalking
    • movement during dreaming

    These could also manifest as anxiety, lack of focus, tiredness and trouble falling asleep.  Have your sleep disorder be categorized by a professional sleep disorder specialist.

  2. Get treated for your condition.  Your doctor may do some tests and assessments in order to know what your particular sleeping disorder is.  You may be asked to sleep in the hospital for observation.  You may then be prescribed some medications or some procedures may be done in order to correct your disorder. 
  3. Modify your routine. You could do some modifications to your routine in order to help you sleep better at night.  If you constantly work overtime or stay up late to watch TV or go out with friends, consider altering your habits in order for you to stick to a regular 8-hour sleep.  By constantly doing this, your body may get used to sleeping and your body clock would adjust accordingly.
  4. Avoid drinking coffee or taking stimulants late at night.  Coffee and stimulants will keep you up and prevent you from having a good sleep.  If you constantly take caffeine, your normal sleeping pattern will be disrupted resulting to sleeping disorders. 
  5. If you're taking medications that cause you to stay awake, inform your doctor.  He may be able to provide you with alternative medication or advise you to stop taking the medication altogether in order to let your body rest in the evenings.
  6. Turn off the lights when you sleep.  Light affects the sleep-wake cycle of the brain and if you sleep with the lights on, you will have more difficulty in falling asleep.  As much as possible, sleep during nighttime because sunlight is a natural regulator of your bodily processes, and you are more adapted to be active in the day rather than in the evening.

Sleep disorders are highly curable, so if you have troubles or illnesses that prevent you from falling asleep consult your doctor for treatment right away. Doing so will allow you to sleep well during the night and also make you healthier as a whole and thus be able to focus on other, more important things.


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