If there is one thing we all can’t do without, it is sleep. Without proper and regular sleep, we struggle to maintain good health, particularly our weight, our mental state, and our hormone levels. There are some significant conditions that negatively affect our ability to get a good sound sleep, having a negative impact on how well we function. Sleep disorders are significant health issues that can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, stress, or a health problem.
Major Sleep Disorders
There are several disorders that cause sleep disruption. It is important that you identify yours as it can profoundly affect your health and your ability to function properly. Here are 5 recognized sleep disorders that have been identified to negatively affect your ability to sleep soundly for a necessary length of time.
Narcolepsy: This condition is described by excessive daytime drowsiness and an inability to control when sleep occurs. The sufferer may fall asleep suddenly at unexpected and random moments at any time during the day. If someone operates machinery or needs to spend time operating a motor vehicle this can prove hazardous.
Sleep Apnea: Sleep Apnea is a disorder that involves interrupted breathing while sleeping. It can either involve pauses in breathing or shallow breaths. These events cause you to wake up suddenly, reducing your quality and length of sleep. Sleep apnea is a condition that, if untreated, can have serious and life-threatening consequences, like a lack of ability to lose weight, high blood pressure, and even a heart attack.
RBD (REM Sleep Behavior Disorder): This condition causes the sufferer to act out their dreams. The dream can either be simple, dramatic, or even violent. This condition prevents the person from experiencing the state of paralysis that typically accompanies REM sleep. Instead, they are mobile and so physically participate in their dream. This condition causes danger and disturbance to the person afflicted as well as others in the home.
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome: This condition involves an unpleasant sensation that causes your legs to move or shake. Typically a disruption when you try to relax and fall asleep, or stay asleep. RLS is most common among adults and can get worse as a person ages.
Insomnia: Insomnia is simply an inability to fall or stay asleep. There is acute insomnia, which is shorter term and can be caused by jet lag or trauma, and chronic insomnia, which is longer-term and can last for months. Other causes of insomnia can be medications, alcohol use, nicotine use, stress, depression, or an unpleasant or unsecured sleeping environment.
Your Sleeping Environment
There are some basic conditions you can create for a better night’s sleep.
Try beginning a nightly ritual that relaxes you an hour before bedtime
Eat or drink less toward bedtime, and avoid drinks containing sugar or caffeine
Keep pets off the bed
Keep the room a bit on the cool side
The All-Important Mattress
A natural mattress like one made of natural latex is important. Latex is more resilient and retains its shape longer. They also provide a cooler sleep, and provide an excellent level of natural support, reacting to your body’s weight and shape, and maintaining a gentle “push” that supports you while you sleep.
For a better chance of getting a great night’s sleep, check out a natural latex mattress.
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