The understanding of the importance of sleep is gaining scientific attention, people are much more aware of the benefits of high quality of sleep. While over 60% of the American population suffer sleep disorders and report a decreasing quality of sleep, the real prediction relates to a much bigger population.
So what are the signs and symptoms that should raise an alarm and prompt a visit at the doctor’s clinic?
First, If you can’t fall asleep
Do you know the feeling of lying in bed for more than half an hour, trying to fall asleep and just can’t? Does half an hour sound too little, and you can relate to the option of lying in bed for hours without falling asleep? Are you used to finishing your day so tired but keep on doing your chores and tasks just because you know you have no chance of falling asleep? Well, this is a very good reason to pay a visit to your doctor’s office. A hard to impossible falling asleep can be a symptom of various underlying health issues, perhaps treating the problem will also ease your falling asleep.
Second, If you can’t stay asleep
If you experience spontaneous waking up through the night, more than a few times a week, you might be suffering symptoms of chronic insomnia. Insomnia can lead to various possible negative outcomes as it affects both physical and mental states. For example: mood swings, irritability, concentration difficulties, dizziness and sleepiness. The important thing is that insomnia can be treated and the symptoms can be significantly relieved, it is definitely a good idea to consult with your doctor and figure out how to improve this situation.
If you’re snoring loudly
Loud snoring might be an early sign of sleep apnea. While sleeping, one’s airway can be narrowed and even blocked, causing breathing difficulty which, of course, has a negative outcome on both mental and physical functionalities. Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke. Sleep apnea has various easy, affordable treatments, so make sure you don’t neglect it and approach your doctor to improve your overall health.
If you feel too sleepy during daytime
Feeling excessive sleepiness through the day, being tired even if you have slept well through the night, can indicate a few medical issues, among them also narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is the medical state when the brain has a hard time regulating our circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle). This might lead to a series of neurological originated symptoms.
And if your dreams keeps your sleep away
Nightmares and terrors, when being experienced frequently, have a tremendous impact on our health. Disrupting our sleep, creating a burst of stress related hormones and impacting our mood and mental state, nightmares can be a recognizable symptom of anxiety and even PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). If you find this description relatable, please remember you shouldn’t deal with it on your own, approaching for help might just improve your healthy well-being.
All of the above relate to symptoms of possible underlying health issues. We @elvy.ai encourage you to approach a medical consultant and take care of your sleep related medical issues.
Wishing a good night’s sleep,
And a healthy well-being