How Do I Know If I Have A Sleeping Problem?

Sleeping for some people can be a struggle. If you're struggling with sleep, trying out different ways to make yourself fall asleep could help.

Engaging in different medications, trying out mixed drinks, and researching the internet for sleeping techniques may overwhelm you and your body.

If you are having a hard time sleeping, it can indicate that you have a sleeping disorder.

Sleeping Disorders or its updated term, Sleep-Wake Disorders, are mental disorders diagnosed on children, teens, and adults.

So, how can you know if you have a sleeping disorder or a sleep-wake disorder? Here are the common signs and symptoms of sleep disorders:

QUALITY OF SLEEP

Your situation, like other individuals with disorders of the sleep wake cycle, doesn't start with your inability to sleep. Most of the people who struggle with sleeping, initially experience dissatisfaction with their sleep.

Struggling with sleeping may start with sleep-wake cycles - waking up in the middle of the night and then trying again to sleep. With the disruption of rest, you find it hard to engage in deep sleep, which is the vital phase of the sleeping cycle.

Deep sleep is the sleeping phase, where physical and psychological repair is happening. In this phase, memories and emotions are processed, physical replenishment occurs, the immune system is energized, and the brain detoxifies. (1) In another research article studied by Dr. Vyazovskiy, he stated that while deep sleep disconnects us from our senses, our cognitive functioning is at its peak. (2)

During your sleep-wake cycles, deep sleep and REM sleep is inconsistent. With that, your quality of sleep affects your daily functioning: Your work, social, and personal life are all affected if you don't have proper rest.

INCORRECT TIMING OF SLEEPINESS

If you're struggling with the timing of how you fall asleep or how you feel exhausted, it's one of the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders. The quality of sleep you have may produce feelings of exhaustion and sleepiness.

Being unable to sleep continuously the night before a workday can make you feel exhausted and sleepy. With that, the need for rest can be an issue if it's affecting you to fully function for your work or any event that requires your physical presence and your mind's presence.

One of the disorders of the sleep wake cycle is Narcolepsy. It's a chronic and disruptive sleep disorder that makes you feel consistently tired and features sudden attacks of sleep. Managing sleep disorders in the elderly and adults, specifically, Narcolepsy can be tricky since incorrect timing of sleep episodes frequently occur.

LACK OF SLEEP

As you struggle with sleep quality because of your sleep-wake cycles, lack of sleep is also one of the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders.

Being unable to sleep may be caused by stress, trauma, or induced by the food you eat. Consistently experiencing a lack of sleep, may develop disorders of the sleep wake cycle. (3)

The mind is a powerful tool; Rest is its companion. If you take rest away from the equation, your brain won't have the time to recuperate and heal.

These signs and symptoms of sleep disorders are detrimental to your social, physical, and psychological health. If left untreated and unresolved, it may develop into a mental disorder.

Managing sleep disorders in the elderly, children, and adults are very important. If you have been consistently experiencing signs and symptoms of sleep disorders, it's highly encouraged to consult a mental health professional who can assess you.

There are different disorders of the sleep wake cycle. A mental health professional is fully equipped to help you identify what you are struggling with and how you can overcome it. What are you waiting for? Help is available.

References:

(1) Carter ME, Adamantidis A, Ohtsu H, Deisseroth K, de Lecea L. Sleep homeostasis modulates hypocretin-mediated sleep-to-wake transitions. J Neurosci. 2009;29:10939–10949.

(2) Vladyslav V Vyazovskiy. Sleep, recovery, and metaregulation: explaining the benefits of sleep. Nat Sci Sleep. 2015; 7: 171-184

(3) Baran B, Pace-Schott EF, Ericson C, Spencer RM. Processing of emotional reactivity and emotional memory over sleep. J Neurosci. 2012;32:1035–1042.

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