According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million American adults have a sleep disorder. Unfortunately, only very few of them consider their condition as a serious problem. The rest have already made it part of their lifestyle, believing that it won’t affect them anymore once they get used to it.
In truth, sleep plays a crucial role in a person’s physical health. It helps speed up healing of wounds as well as repair damage on blood vessels. Therefore, a person suffering from a certain degree of sleep deprivation is in serious trouble.
Before sleep deprivation can be dealt with, one must first know its origin. There are many things people do and experience every day that may be causing their insufficient or lack of sleep. Here are some of the most common reasons.
Behaviorally Induced Insufficient Sleep Syndrome
Most people think of sleeping as a waste of time. They’d rather continue working, socialize, or enjoy their hobbies than to stay in bed. Simply put, they willingly prevent themselves from falling asleep. Continuing this voluntary pattern of restricted sleep could make the body addicted to staying awake, making it difficult for a person to fall asleep even when they are already willing. Intake of stimulants, such as alcohol and caffeine close to bedtime to keep the body awake, is also a practice that leads to severe sleep deprivation.
To fall asleep, your body must be in a calm state. Certain conditions have to be met to achieve this, such as getting the right room temperature, having a peaceful surrounding, and lying on a comfortable bed. Sometimes, just having a soft bed makes a huge difference. This is why many people who have some sort of sleep disorder purchase an adjustable base bed and other recommended mattress types.
There are several health conditions that can lead to sleep deprivation. Topping the list is insomnia, which is characterized by symptoms of daytime sleepiness and difficulty with concentration, memory, and performing well at school or work. This is caused by a number of factors, including anxiety and neurotransmitter imbalances.
Another popular culprit to sleep deprivation is sleep apnea, which is the repetitive interruption of breathing. Due to insufficient oxygen supply at this state, the body wakes up as a form of reflex response.
Regardless of the reason for your sleep deprivation, you have to do something to fix it. One way is to change your routine and set aside more time for sleeping. This may not cause you to fall asleep quickly but at least in this way your body will start to revert back to its old, normal practice of sleeping more than 4 or 5 hours a day. Most importantly, consider replacing your bed with something that gives you ultimate comfort at night.
Sleep & Sleep Disorder Statistics, sleepassociation.org
Causes of Sleep Deprivation, news-medical.net