Sleep Disorders - A Serious Problem
Did you know that nearly 40 MILLION Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder?! That is a HUGE number! There are approximately 80 different types of sleep disorders (WOW, I had no idea there were THAT MANY!). A person who suffers from a sleep disorder sleeps poorly or simply not enough and often wakes up feeling lousy and over all tired. Not a good way to start a new day!
Sleeping is an important part of life as it allows an individual to recharge their brain and rest their body. A person can actually feel ill if they do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. It is no wonder that sleep deprivation tactics are often used by interrogators in order to "break" a person that they wish to obtain information from. Some people consider sleep deprivation tactics acts of torture.
Sleep deprivation can be down-right dangerous. In fact, thousands of car accidents each year are caused by individuals who "fell asleep at the wheel." Not good. Falling asleep at the wheel has become such a big problem that a program called "The Drowsy Driver Education Program" has been established by the National Sleep Foundation.
It is also a fact that people tend to suffer at work (poor performance) due to sleep deprivation. After all, it is hard to concentrate and do a "good job" if a person is so tired that they cannot focus or think straight. Not only does the employee suffer the company or organization that they work for suffers as well.
Sleep deprivation is very serious. Not only does a lack of sleep make an individual feel lousy they are often irritated and "quick to snap" as well. Sleep deprivation may…..
- Reduce your ability to deal with stressful situations
- Cause you to age faster
- Have very bad mood swings and bouts with irritability
- Forget important information (such as dates, etc)
- Lower your immune system (which will cause you to become ill more frequently)
- Cause depression
- Increase your risk of obesity (as you are too tired to exercise on a routine basis)
- Increase your chance of causing a motor vehicle accident
Time to Go to the Doctor!
If you think you have a sleep disorder but have not yet been diagnosed it is important that you make an appointment to see a doctor. However, before you go to the doctor make a list of your symptoms and any questions you may have. The more information you can give the doctor about your sleeping problem, the better! After your initial visit, your doctor may recommend that you visit a sleep clinic and have an over-night sleep study performed. Don't worry, this is completely normal and will enable your doctor to diagnose you correctly. Sleep disorders are no laughing matter! Take your health into your own hands and be pro-active! The sooner you find out what the problem is the better! Good luck and here's to a good night's sleep! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
More information about sleep disorder signs and symptoms, please visit the Sleep Disorders signs and symptoms blog! Good Luck!