Sleep Disorder - To Call The Doctor Or Not?

Written by Donald Saunders

Experiencing difficulty in sleeping for any great length of time may well indicate that you suffer from a common sleep disorder.

Today more than 35 million Americans reportedly suffer from a chronic sleep disorder (sleeping difficulty that lasts for more than one month) and as many as 30 million more suffer from a shorter term or "transient" sleep disorder (sleeping difficulty that lasts for less than four weeks).

Commonly triggered by upcoming events (such as important meetings or interviews), jet lag, or a passing illness (like a cold orrepparttar flu), a mild sleep disorder presents relatively little difficulty in terms of its management and, if left to its own devices, will often pass quite quickly. This said, many simple steps can be taken to both reducerepparttar 146596 effects of mild insomnia and to speed its passing.

A persistent sleep disorder however will rarely disappear of its own accord and may well require pro-active treatment. Prolonged sleep disorders include conditions such as chronic insomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Difficulty in getting to sleep, staying asleep, waking throughrepparttar 146597 night (and being unable to get back to sleep), or waking too early inrepparttar 146598 morning, when experienced for any length of time (and certainly for more than four or five weeks), warrants a diagnosis. You should also begin exploring natural sleep remedies that can help you get a better night's sleep, not to mention assisting you in effectively managing your problem.

The most commonly diagnosed sleep disorder, insomnia, also represents one ofrepparttar 146599 easiest problems to treat. Simple lifestyle adjustments, structured relaxation or meditation, or a variety of herbal and natural sleep remedies will often provide a cure.

Like insomnia, sleep apnea is another sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans each year. The most dangerous of all sleep disorders, sleep apnea occurs when air flow throughrepparttar 146600 windpipe is temporarily obstructed during sleep, often due torepparttar 146601 relaxation or collapse of surrounding muscles. Sleep apnea is most commonly associated with snoring, although snoring alone is not necessarily indicative of sleep apnea.

Narcolepsy, a sleep disorder marked by uncontrolled "mini sleeps" duringrepparttar 146602 day (even whenrepparttar 146603 sufferer otherwise appears completely alert), is sometimes confused with sleep apnea; however, these represent two very different conditions.

5 Steps To Better Sleep

Written by Donald Saunders

If you've ever found yourself counting sheep intorepparttar wee hours, then you can take some small comfort fromrepparttar 146595 fact that youíre not alone.

Insomnia is plaguing more and more people each year and withrepparttar 146596 stresses of our daily lives, it's no surprise. For more than 75% of Americans polled byrepparttar 146597 National Sleep Foundation, getting a good night's sleep feels more like a distant dream than a reality.

The good news is that enjoying a full and healthy night's sleep is easier than you might think. You can improverepparttar 146598 quality and duration of your sleep without resorting to sleeping pills or other artificial sleep aids. All you need to start your journey towards better sleep are these five simple steps:

Establish a routine

Creating a consistent bedtime routine is one ofrepparttar 146599 most important steps you can take towards getting a good night's sleep. Going to bed atrepparttar 146600 same time each night and getting up atrepparttar 146601 same time each morning isrepparttar 146602 first step towards establishing a consistent sleep pattern.

A successful sleep routine also involves reducing outside stimulants like television, computer work and exercise two to three hours before bed, and refraining from caffeine at least three hours before bedtime.

Create a peaceful sleeping environment

Achieving better sleep depends upon a relaxed, peaceful sleeping environment. Forrepparttar 146603 best possible sleep, remove distractions such as televisions, stereos and computers from your bedroom. Keep your bedroom temperature cool. Gentle air circulation through an open window and fresh, clean bed linens also help to promote a good night's sleep.

Reduce stress

Thoughts of work, financial problems and family concerns can often prevent a good night's sleep. Try reducing stimulants, using aromatherapy, a warm bath or some deep breathing and relaxation exercises to induce sleep, reduce stress and decreaserepparttar 146604 anxiety that can cause insomnia.

Adjust your diet

Maintaining a balanced diet is also one ofrepparttar 146605 keys to enjoying a regular and fulfilling night's sleep. A healthy diet assistsrepparttar 146606 bodily functions necessary for sound sleep. If you arenít following a healthy pattern of eating, you may find that alteringrepparttar 146607 balance of your diet will dramatically improverepparttar 146608 quality and duration of your sleep.

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