Individuals suffering from a sleep disorder generally feel sleepy during the day and find that eventually, their general functioning is impaired. Memory problems may be experienced, fatigue, mild hallucinations and mood swings including an inability to cope with everyday situations that others can handle more easily.
If you are finding it hard to go to sleep on a regular basis, are waking in the middle of the night or far too early most mornings you may have a sleep disorder. If you feel you are less able to cope with life’s difficulties than usual you may be suffering from a lack of sleep, possibly accompanied by depression. The best way to find out for certain is to make an appointment with your doctor who can give a professional diagnosis.
Many people feel they should just put up with a sleep disorder and that it would be silly of them to seek help, feeling it is of no great importance. However, sleep disorders can cause unnecessary suffering and anxiety, and in some cases may lead to accidents as the dyssomniacs physical reaction time becomes slower and they are less able to respond when required.
Driving a car may become hazardous for a sufferer of a sleeping disorder, and for other road users. As concentrating on the task becomes difficult the driver is likely to swerve and to confuse others as to his or her intentions.
Doctors deal with patients who have sleep disorders everyday and will not be surprised to see a new patient, so there is no cause for embarrassment. They can either refer a patient to a counselor; provide medical treatment if needed or give sleeping pills to alleviate the problem.
Doctors and counselors who regularly help patients with problems relating to stress or sleep, or both, understand that a patient may be tearful and at their wits end in attempting to cope with a severe lack of sleep.
It is also possible to seek help by way of alternative methods. Stress related sleeping problems can often be helped by a sufferer taking St Johns Wort, although taking a prescribed antidepressant simultaneously is ill advised.
Like-wise, Chamomile infusions, Hops and Valerian are also natural alternatives to prescribed sleeping pills and can aid in attaining sleep if a sufferer needs to calm themselves mentally and physically in preparation for deep relaxation.