Signs you have a sleep disorder

If you have a sleep disorder, or Dyssomnia as it is sometimes called, you will be experiencing disruptions in your sleep patterns on a regular basis. Difficulties in sleeping occasionally experienced may not be a full blown sleep disorder, rather a general problem caused by an outside influence, such as too much caffeine or an over stimulating environment.

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.

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Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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2 Reactions

  1. Lara

    People who are prone to nightmares also need to be careful of using valerian as it can cause nightmares.

  2. Morgan Sharp

    The problem is compounded by the fact that our society devalues sleep. Getting enough sleep is not viewed as a priority, and going without sleep to get more stuff done is seen as a virtue. Doctors are reluctant to prescribe the medications that will really work in putting you to sleep, and part of the reason for this is that sleep deprivation is not taken seriously enough. There is an implied message of, “just deal with it.”