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Are you always Sleepy or find it difficult to sleep?

10 Sep 2016

Do you...

  • Feel irritable without any reason during the day?
  • Have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching television or reading during the day?
  • Fall asleep or feel very tired while driving?
  • Have difficulty concentrating and focusing?
  • Often get told by others that you look washed out or tired?
  • Feel that you are always on the edge emotionally?
  • Feel like you have to take a nap almost every day?
  • Requireenergy drinks or tea or coffee to keep yourself going?

If you answered “yes” to any of the previous questions, you may have a sleep disorder. So Read on then.

“I couldn’t sleep properly” or “I just couldn’t sleep at all” are the most common complaints from people of all age groups. You may have even heard a 10 year old with such complains about his/her sleep. A lot of people experience trouble sleeping at one time or another. This is normal and mostly temporary, due to stress or other outside factors.

But if you have sleep problems as a regular occurrence and this interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders cause more than just sleepiness. The lack of quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance, and health. If you’re experiencing sleeping problems, learn about the symptoms of common sleep disorders, what you can do to help yourself, and when to see a doctor.

There are various forms of sleep disorders that people suffer from but the most commonly experienced sleep disorder is insomnia. It is the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed, is the most common sleep complaint.

It is often a symptom of other problems bothering you like such as stress, anxiety, depression, or an underlying health condition. Lifestyle choices are often responsible for this and some other causes include the medications you take, travelling across time zones, lack of exercise, or even the amount of coffee or tea you consume.

Some common signs of insomnia are:

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night or getting back to sleep after waking during the night
  • Waking up frequently during the night
  • Your sleep feels light, fragmented, or exhausting
  • You need to take something (sleeping pills, nightcap, supplements) in order to get to sleep
  • Sleepiness and low energy during the day

These signs may be making your life miserable and making you feel totally washed out but the consoling factor is that most cases of insomnia can be cured with lifestyle modification and working on ones eating and drinking habits. Being mindful, that is completely awareness about your sleep habits and patterns and learning to relax will help you sleep better and feel better. This would also require you to leave any forms of dependence on any substance or drug abuse like dependence on alcohol or over the counter medication to help you fall asleep.

Tips to overcome a sleep problem not being caused by any other medicalreasons:

Try the following simple changes to your daytime and pre-bedtime routine:

  • Keep allocated hours for day (if required) and night sleep: According to doctors, most people need at least seven to eight hours each night in order to feel good and be productive.
  • Maintain a consistent sleep routine: going to sleep and getting up at the same time each day, including the weekends.
  • Keep your bedroom gadget free and maintain an optimum temperature as well as make it dark as slightest of light may distract: Light , even if emanating from your gadgets can distract as well as it can suppress the melatonin production , which is important to have a good sleep wake cycle.

If maintaining a healthy sleep hygeine does not help:

then Session with a Psychologist or a counselor is also a good option for sometimes it maybe only minor daily life stressed that may be disallowing you from having a good night s sleep or it may be due to any other emotional disturbances, and psychotherapy would help you learn how to develop more effective coping skills to lead a more healthy life. 

A psycholigist can help you learn to relax and fight any interfering thoughts and let you sleep like a baby.

Just Click the chat button on left side and type "sleep counseling to initiate sleep therapy sessions.


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