A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation stated that over two-thirds of U.S. adults say that their partner snores. A similar study conducted in the UK found that the average married person loses about 730 hours of sleep each year because they snore or their spouse snores or is very restless.
And in yet another survey, that shows what people are doing about it, almost 40% of couples choose to sleep in different beds.
So if you’re not feeling refreshed after waking up in the morning, and you you’ve had 7 to 8 hours of sleep – or you think that you have – then this is one of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep disorders.
Millions of people suffer from one form of sleep disorder or another, and there are numerous types that you need to be able to recognise – all with different obvious outward signs – but all with the same end result and this situation can be produced for lots of different reasons.
Disorders vary greatly; some like insomnia can cause you not to sleep properly at night, whilst others such as poor sleeping habits result in loss of important rest without you realising it’s happened.
If you feel sleepy during the day there are 5 top sleep disorders and reasons why this may have happened
Sleep Apnoea A sleep disorder that repeatedly stops your breathing at night and is very serious for everyone, but particularly those of you who drive for a living or are in charge of machinery as it may cause you to fall asleep during the day.
Restless Leg Syndrome This disorder causes excessive amounts of leg movement throughout the night and causes loss of sleep as a result.
Poor Sleep Hygiene Very common and the primary result is insufficient sleep for which there can be numerous reasons such as shift work, an unsatisfactory environment for comfort, noise levels or temperature, or simply because of social reasons like late nights.
Narcolepsy There are many symptoms of this but obviously sleepiness is the most obvious and it is usually a matter of being unable to regulate sleep and waking at reasonably regular times.
Parasomnia This term covers such Sleepwalking, Sleeptalking or similar behaviour – even including Night Terrors.
Insomnia in women is more common than it is in men, according to various studies, and there are a number of causes for this condition. In addition,
Insomnia occurs in two types; firstly short term insomnia, which lasts up to a maximum of 2 to 3 weeks and long-term insomnia, which lasts for more than 3 to 4 weeks. Short-term insomnia is not at all dangerous, but the long-term insomnia, if left untreated, can result in many other dangerous health conditions. There are many causes of insomnia in women and if these are corrected it would allow them to sleep well.
Key amongst the causes of Insomnia in women is either stress or depression. Lots of women worry a great deal about school matters, family problems and money issues, resulting in their mind not relaxing at night and worrying when they should be sleeping instead. Depression, on the other hand, may cause too much sleep or too little, particularly with medication involved.
Whichever might be the cause, you can find out if you are having this issue by making a daily note of the various signs and symptoms of the disorder.
Check out which of the following signs are typical for you:
Loud or chronic snoring:
This is one of the prominent signs and symptoms of sleep disorders, which you will know through your spouse or partner. Most snoring is caused by an obstruction in the airway and the sound is the result of the soft tissue in the throat vibrating, while the air passes through a narrower airway.
If you snore regularly, you might leave your partner awake all night too, which is perhaps another sign or symptom to note and it is wise to seek some immediate medical help to find out if it is a sure sign.
Gasping for air:
If you have sleep disorders, it may be common for you to suffer from gasping or choking for air. This happens as the level of oxygen in your blood becomes very low when you pause for breathing, and it will send a signal to your brain to wake up and breathe immediately. This can happen as often as every 30 seconds. If it does, then consult your GP immediately.
Feeling exhausted all day:
IF you feel very tired all day and it seems to affect your performance at work then it could be that you might be deprived of sleep for one reason or another and may not know why.
High blood pressure levels:
If you are experiencing sudden bouts of hypertension, it is because your body goes into what specialist sleep doctors call ‘fight mode’ causing a hike in the blood pressure levels. This might even put you at risk of a cardiovascular problem such as heart attack or stroke.
Visiting the bathroom frequently while sleeping:
Urinating frequently at night can occur often among older adults between 55 and 84. This is a classic symptom of a sleep disorder. If you notice that you are visiting the bathroom more than 3 times at night in between sleep then you should see your doctor as soon as you can.
Waking up with a headache:
You might wake up with a headache frequently as the low level of oxygen in the brain causes the pain and this again happens often because of various forms of sleeping disorder.
Most importantly, observe, take notes, and if any doubt ask your GP.
By John Redfern