If you often have difficulties sleeping through the night, staying asleep or even falling asleep, you are not alone. According to a poll in 2011 involving 1,500 people, 60 percent reported various problems while trying to sleep.
Poor grades, mood swings, relationship troubles, and impaired driving all relate to sleep deprivation; yet few of us ever get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night; whether we are distracted by the internet till three in the morning or we are experiencing an underlying sleeping disorder. Because of the responsibilities of work and everyday life, researchers have theorized that the natural sleep patterns that humans once had is but a distant memory. With the arrival of this new problem, it is important to figure out what is causing sleep difficulties in patients; as a lack of quality sleep can negatively affect every part of our daily lives.
Sleeping problems can be caused by any number of outside and internal factors, some as simple as a sleeping position or uncomfortable bed, others due to late night video game playing or internet surfing. Researchers have also determined that sleeping with even the smallest bit of light, such as the light of a cell phone charger or a digital clock, can make falling asleep more difficult. Watching TV before bed or drinking large amounts of caffeine within an hour before shut-eye could also keep you from getting the quality sleep your body craves.
Experiencing sleep deprivation can also be a sign of an underlying health condition. Insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleeping disorders have been known to negatively affect our sleeping patterns and create more health issues, such as cardiovascular problems and insulin resistance, and are becoming more common among adults and the elderly. It is important that those who are experiencing symptoms of a sleeping disorder undergo a sleep study and seek treatment.
Taking sleeping pills while experiencing a sleeping disorder will not cure your sleeplessness or other problems relating to your sleeping disorder. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is important to visit with a sleep dentist to determine a treatment option that will work well for you.