Could You Have a Sleep Disorder

If you are spending enough time in bed and still wake up tired or feel sleepy during the day, you may be one of the many millions of people with a sleep disorder.

 

Amongst the most common sleep disorders are insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep), sleep apnea (pauses in breathing during sleep), restless legs syndrome, and  extreme daytime sleepiness. 

 

Although sleep disorders can significantly affect your health, safety, and well-being, they can be treated. 

  • You often  feel sleepy during the day, you take frequent naps, or you fall asleep at inappropriate times during the day

 Your bed partner says that when you sleep, you snore loudly, snort, gasp, make chocking sounds, or stop breathing for short periods.

 

If you notice any of these signs please speak to Dr Kaplan. He will be sure to help you.

 

Keep in mind that children can have some of these signs when they have a sleep disorder, but they often do not show signs of excessive day time sleepiness. Instead, they may seem overactive and have difficulty focusing or doing their best in school.

 

It’s  all about time

How sleepy you are depends largely on how well you’ve been sleeping and how much sleep you’ve been getting. Another key factor is your internal  “biological clock”—a small bundle of cells in your brain that controls when you feel sleepy and your sleep patterns (based on responses to internal and external environmental cues , such as light signals received  through your eyes). Because of the timing  of the biological clock and other bodily processes, you naturally feel the most tired between midnight and 7 a.m. and again in the afternoon between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Night shift workers often find themselves drowsy at work. They also have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep during the day, when their schedules require them to sleep. Being sleepy puts them at risk for injuries on the road and at work. Night shift workers are also more likely to have conditions such as heart disease, digestive troubles, and infertility, as well as emotional problems. All these problems may be related, at least in part, to their chronic lack of sleep.

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