Sleep is a precious commodity, but it isn’t always about how much sleep one gets, but rather the quality of sleep. There are various stages of sleep, each with a specific purpose in helping the body regulate, heal and recover from the events of waking hours. These stages are all very important and the amount of time spent is each is a precise balance. When sleep is disrupted and the stages don’t progress as they should for one reason or another your quality of life can be greatly decreased. Many people are not even away how significantly sleep can affect their life.
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition that occurs in an estimated 18 million people in America alone. This condition results in short periods of time when a sleeper is not breathing due to problems with airway collapse, or brains signaling processes that are malfunctioning during sleep. There are some low cost and effective home treatments such as Theravent which your physician can prescribe, and extreme cases may have to use a CPAP machine at night to ensure the body can oxygenate properly. If you are already using a bulky CPAP machine and really want to find out if there are other options for your condition you may want to ask about scientific breakthroughs such as Theravent which can make your home maintenance much less expensive and easier to work with.
Restless leg syndrome is extremely annoying and is essentially a constant or erratic movement in the legs, or a feeling that the legs need to be repositioned, stretched, or wiggled to get more comfortable. The biggest problem with this is it can be an early warning sign of conditions such as Diabetes, or nerve disorders, and it can keep you and your partner from achieving a deep and restful sleep. There are prescription treatments that your doctor can give you if this condition becomes chronic. At home procedures include taking a warm bath to relax the legs, herbal teas for relaxation, or massage and acupuncture focused on easing nerve overstimulation in the affected area.
Another interesting albeit more rare sleep disorder is Narcolepsy, wherein the brain triggers sleep at random times, even when the body is actively engaged in activity. These immediate and unexpected bouts of sleep can be very dangerous and extremely inconvenient for sufferers. This problem is most likely hereditary and medications may help to reduce the symptoms. Some people have acquired the disorder through traumatic brain injury as well which indicates the symptoms are most likely caused by problems with the brain’s ability to send sleep and wake signals correctly.
No matter what sleep issues you experience from insomnia, to snoring, to full blown sleep apnea, there are treatments available that can greatly reduce the impact of your problem on your overall health and quality of life. Talk to your doctor if you feel there is any indication you may suffer from any of these sleep conditions.