The Most Common Reason For The Lack Of Quality Sleep
Sleeping while under stress-causing conditions will rarely lead to a good night's sleep. Sleep which is often interrupted, or under strong outside stimulants (constant loud sound, sudden loud sounds, strong lights, too hot or too cold temperature level, uncomfortable bed…), bad pre-sleep habits (being active before sleep, watching phone…), and some medical conditions or sleep disorders, will usually produce a sleep which cannot be considered as a “quality sleep”.
The 3 Most Common Sleep Disorders
Besides the things we can directly influence and correct with some life habit or environment changes, an obstacle to a good night sleep might be some of the sleep disorders. Doctors have described more than 70 sleep disorders, most of which can be managed effectively once they are correctly diagnosed. Some of the 3 most common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome.
Insomnia is a general term for difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. This problem can result from many other factors (jet lag, stress, diet…) and if diagnosed correctly it can be managed effectively. For more serious cases of long-term insomnia, therapy must be implemented since insomnia in any case almost always affects performance and well-being the next day. It is estimated that around 60 million Americans experience insomnia every year. Insomnia is, in most cases, treated with sleeping pills or by changing daily or sleeping habits.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep occur more often than normal (as defined by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute). In the majority of cases, when talking about sleep apnea, it is the case of Obstructive sleep apnea. Even though patients with undiagnosed (or diagnosed but untreated) sleep apnea will often spend an entire night sleeping, due to mentioned breathing pauses and loud snoring, they almost always have very bad sleep quality. Breathing pause in sleep apnea can be from 10 seconds and up to a minute. Once the brain “feels” there is not enough oxygen to function properly, it responds by awakening the person. This awakening is short-term and as soon as airways are opened, a person resumes snoring. This cycle can be repeated tens or even hundreds of times during one-night sleep. Sleep apnea, once diagnosed, requires therapy. The therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. CPAP device and accessories (CPAP Cleaner, CPAP Cleaning Supplies, CPAP headgear strap covers…) are used to aid in keeping the airways open, by pushing the pressurized air into the patient's airways via tubing and face mask.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a nervous system condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move legs. It can begin at any age and generally worsens with aging. The RLS is typically active in the evening and during the nighttime while sitting or lying down and thus it is considered a sleep disorder. In most cases, there's no known or specific cause for RLS. Researchers suspect the condition may be caused by an imbalance of the brain chemical dopamine, which sends messages to control muscle movement. There’s no cure for RLS itself. However, some treatments can help with it, and in a way secure a good night’s sleep (massage, exercise, food supplements such as iron, changing daily and sleeping habits…depending on the symptoms, treatment will be adjusted to it).