The amount of sleep we need varies and most people at some point will have difficulty sleeping. Sleep difficulties becomes a problem if it is recurrent, night after night of poor sleep. The quality of our sleep can be an indicator of our mental health and overall wellbeing. Being deprived of sleep can contribute to health declines, both physical and psychological.
What are some of the signs and effects of a Sleep Problem?
The most obvious are physical problems. Feeling tired, sluggish and struggling to to stay awake the next day. You might find yourself relying on coffee to get you through the day.
You might be more irritable or on edge. Poor sleep the night before might make you respond to something in a way you shouldn't, become angry or lash out. Poor sleep can affect how you interact with others. When we are sleep deprived, irritable or angry we are less kind to those around us.
Students can notice that their memory isn't as sharp. People who are sleep deprived struggle to concentrate which affects their ability to drive, operate machinery and multi-task. Lack of sleep can effect your hormones, you might find that you gain more weight or that your appetite increases.
What are the different Types of Sleep Disorders?
Insomnias - difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Hypersomnias - excessive sleepiness, causing people to fall asleep at inconvenient times.
Sleep-related breathing disorders - these are sleep disorders which are related to your breathing.
Circadian rhythm related sleep-wake disorders - when the time of day the person sleeps is out on sync with their surrounds.
Sleep movement disorder - these are conditions that cause movement difficulties that interfere with sleep