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Sleep Challenges and Associated Disorders

A good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health. Lack of quality sleep is one of the common complaints with many, because of erratic lifestyles and high stress levels or working in night shifts. This leads to sleep disorders which induce physiological or pathological changes similar to that produced by external stressors.

Whatever the reason may be, when you

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experience problems sleeping at night for a long period of time, you must attend to it immediately. Lack of sleep or sleep disorders may lead to other associated disorders like:

  • Cognitive impairment (unable to think or reason out, take decisions)
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity risk
  • Dementia (forgetfulness)
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Schizophrenia and
  • Metabolic problems.

First, get a glimpse into some types of sleep disorders, for better understanding which include:

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Insomnia: Is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia experience fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance at work or at school, hormonal imbalance.

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Sleep Apnea: is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness, heart disease, pneumonia and cognitive impairment.

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Shift Work Disorder: Shift work creates a misalignment between your internal clock and the outside world. Your body’s timekeeper sends you signals that conflict with the activities you’re trying to do. Night work or rotating shifts may contribute to health conditions like heart disease and cancer.

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Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD): Officially called circadian rhythm sleep disorder, is an inability to fall asleep at a desired, conventional clock time and awaken at a socially acceptable morning time. DSPD can result in daytime irritability beside poor performance at school or job and marital problems.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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