Sleep disorder is characterized by difficulty in falling asleep, staying awake on and off, early morning awakening or a combination of these. Sleep disorders may affect all age groups. It is most commonly caused due to stress and unhealthy lifestyle amongst the young.
- Emotional problems such as depression, anxiety and stress
- Physical problems such as sleep apnea, allergies,
- Medical problems such as frequent urination or bowel during the night
- Use of certain drugs and stimulants
- Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Lifestyle problems such as erratic work hours, jetlag, noisy environment and lack of physical exercise
- You may experience restlessness while trying to fall asleep
- Brief sleep followed by wakefulness
- Periods of no sleep altered with periods of excess sleep
- Feeling sleepy and fatigued throughout the day
- At the very first place, practice changes in your daily routine to aid a healthy sleep.
- However, if still you are unable to get enough sleep, see a doctor without further delays.
- Sleeplessness has been found to associated with several other lifestyle disorders such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems
- Your doctor shall suggest certain modifications in your basic lifestyle such as healthy eating and regular moderate intensity/ high intensity exercise
- Know your triggers and avoid them
- Opt to relax in warm water bath before bedtime
- Avoid napping at odd hours
- Have an early dinner
- Include magnesium rich foods in your diet
- Cut down on caffeinated drinks
- Avoid using your cellphones and laptops once you hit the bed
- Your doctor may prescribe you sleep inducing drugs for a while.
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