Is Your Insomnia due to an Undiagnosed Sleep Disorder?

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 About 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, according to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders.  

Further estimates report that between 20 and 30 million people experience intermittent sleep problems.

A sleeping disorder can effect your  health and well-being, including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, memory problems, illness and even disease if not treated.

Many men find themselves having sleep troubles which tend to increase with age. When it comes to being awake at night or waking up repeatedly throughout the night, many are unsure why and what they can do to resolve this problem and get a good night sleep.

 

Sleep Disorder: What Is It And What Can Be Done?

 

From insomnia to narcolepsy to restless leg syndrome, a sleep disorder can influence the amount and quality of sleep a person receives each night.  A comprehensive primary care physician can provide deeper insight into any of these symptoms.  If you believe you might be suffering from a sleep disorder, here is a brief overview of what to watch for.

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia, which is the most common sleep disorder, can be caused by a variety of factors including:

 

•Psychological factors like stress, worry, anger, or grief

•Medical conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, pain, or digestive problems

•External factors including noise, weather, light

•Drugs whether prescription medicine, steroids, or street drugs

•Lifestyle habits like reliance on caffeine, alcohol, too little exercise, poor eating habits, and cigarette use   Insomnia symptoms can include being unable to fall asleep within 30-40 minutes, needing sleeping pills or alcohol to help you sleep, waking up during the night, or waking too early and feeling worn out.

 

Preventing insomnia can be accomplished through various means.  First of all,

  • Create a “sleep sanctuary” in which your bed is only used for sleep instead of using the bed as an office, table, or couch as well.
  • A dark, comfortable room is most conducive for sleep.
  • Purchase a comfortable bed because a mattress should be supportive to the body. If it is not, the body will wake up in discomfort.
  • Eliminate caffeine before bed.
  • Turn off TV and dim a bright clock, which can disrupt natural sleep patterns.
  • Go to sleep at the same time every night.
  • Warm milk or green tea before bed can aid in sleep.
  • Read a book.
  • Leave the bed until you are tired, then go back to bed.

 

Be active and change to a healthy diet.  Fresh fruits and vegetables provide the body with the right nutrients to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.  Exercise provides physical exhaustion as well as preventing certain health risks, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and heart disease which can lead to insomnia.

Finally, find the right way to release stress from the body. Many men achieve stress relief through aroma therapy, regular exercise, quiet time to relax or meditate, or unwinding in a hot tub.

 

Causes of Narcolepsy

A chronic neurological disorder, narcolepsy is caused by the brain’s inability to regulate normal sleep-wake cycles.  Many narcoleptics experience disturbed nocturnal sleep and abnormal daytime sleep patterns.

One of the earliest symptoms of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness, which can lead to more severe symptoms such as sleep paralysis and hallucinations. Treatment of narcolepsy is tailored to each person, so if you think these symptoms describe your difficulty sleeping, consult a physician or sleep specialist.  

 

Restless Leg Syndrome

A condition affecting the nervous system, Restless Leg Syndrome or RLS,  is the urge to move the legs when attempting to fall asleep. While many men experience this sleep disorder at one time or another, a constant need to move your legs while trying to fall asleep is considered a sleep disorder as it interrupts normal sleeping patterns.

Physicians might prescribe medication, leg massages, or heating pads. There are enough stress factors within the day without fatigue needing to be one of them. Utilize a doctor and other routine changes to aid in resolving your sleeping problems and enjoy a natural night’s sleep.

 

Author Bio:

Jessica Socheski is a freelance writer who is passionate about researching healthy living. You can find her at  The Teaching Box, where she is an editor or on Google+

Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com

About Ken Weiss

Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men's health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com

9 Comments »

  1. Ken Weiss 06/24/2018 at 10:32 am -

    Great comment Matt. I agree too many people go to bed with the chatter from the day, and what hasn’t happened still in their heads.

  2. Matt 06/23/2018 at 6:25 pm -

    My top insomnia tip is to get all your worrying over with before you go to bed.
    If you lay in bed thinking about tomorrow, set aside some time after dinner to review the day and to make plans for the next day.
    If you do this while trying to fall asleep, it can be super-difficult to get to sleep.
    Hope this helps some of your readers.
    Matt´s last blog post ..The top 3 noise cancelling devices for sleeping like a baby!!!

  3. Aaron 05/03/2018 at 12:20 pm -

    I think it is worth mentioning remember to breathe when everything else fails. Nothing worked for me and I was desperate, and even felt dumb trying it, but I started inhaling for 4 seconds and exhaling for 4 seconds, repeat. I did this in the bed before sleep and would you know I was falling asleep and staying asleep like a baby.
    Mine was anxiety related and this helps reduce stress and anxiety by making your heart rate slow down so you can relax. Anyway, hopefully it will help somebody!
    Aaron´s last blog post ..8 Reasons Why I Sleep Better Than You

  4. Susan 04/21/2018 at 9:14 am -

    Hello,
    I hope everyone can find peace in his/her sleep. Good Sleep is a must for the nice feel.Maybe Weighted Blankets can be a solution to insomnia problem with its calming effect. You may google for it or look at my site for reviews and scientific evidence.
    Personally, I know many people getting rid of their insomnia with these blankets.
    Thanks again.

  5. Matt 04/05/2018 at 7:43 pm -

    Great article!
    Just wanted to five my insomnia-busting tips!
    1 – Meditate – as much or as little as you have time for. It helps me too calm my mind before sleeping.
    2 – Yoga & Cardio Exercise – I can’t sleep without raising my heart rate for at least 30 mins per day.
    3 – Avoid Social Media – You know it’s true…haha! Living your life waiting for “likes” is the best way to increase stress and affect your sleep!!!
    Hope this helps some of your readers.
    Keep up the great work!
    Matt´s last blog post ..A cure for stress? – Are there really any benefits of weighted blankets???

  6. Ken 05/19/2014 at 9:20 am -

    Hi Caryl, Thanks for the comment. I am glad to hear the suggestions helped me with my sleeping troubles.

    Regards, Ken

  7. Caryl Anne 05/12/2014 at 8:16 am -

    Great article! I love how you broke down each issue and how to improve each problem. Along with all the recommendations above, I will say one thing that has helped me with my sleeping troubles is a biomat. Thanks for sharing!

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