A lot of things in life are expected to occur. You’re expected to grow up, to finish some sort of schooling and to get a job. We expect to blink our eyes constantly throughout the day and no one ever realizes how many times they swallow until they suffer from a sore throat. Among other expected activities like breathing comes sleeping. We expect to sleep. Doctors and parents have been telling us we need to get at least eight hours of sleep a day. As children, we need more sleep because that’s when our bodies grow.
But what if your sleep wasn’t like what you expected? There are many people who can’t sleep even when they want to. There are others who attempt sleep but find their rest interrupted by snoring or tossing and turning. Your sleep is important and you need to ensure that you’re getting the right amount. So what does it mean when your sleep isn’t as typical as you were expecting?
Everybody sleeps. But not everybody sleeps the same way. So long as you're getting enough'”experts recommend 7 to 9 hours a night'”and you feel rested, you don’t need to sweat the occasional off night. However if you're not feeling rested, or your sleep is frequently disrupted, there might be something more important going on. Here's a look at 3 common sleep issues and what might be causing them.
Snoring is vibrational noise that happens when your breathing is partially obstructed by relaxed tissues in your throat. About half of adults snore at least occasionally, and for most it's not a big deal (except maybe for the person you're sleeping next to). 'Most people are unaware that they're snoring,' says Christopher Winter, MD, president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine and medical director at Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center. 'and if you wake up feeling rested, it's not a problem.'
What is a problem is if you're snoring enough to cut off your breathing, and waking yourself up frequently during the night. This is a condition called sleep apnea, and it leaves sufferers chronically sleepy. 'You feel extremely tired during the day and fall asleep almost immediately when you sit down to relax,' says Winter. If this sounds like you, see a doctor. There are medical options like oral appliances or even minimally invasive surgery that can open your airway and allow you to get an uninterrupted night's rest.
Sleep is precious, almost more so than money. You can’t function without proper sleep and if you can’t function you can’t make that money you need to support your life. Being chronically sleepy leads to mistakes at work and irritability. These can cost you your job and put your life in jeopardy. It doesn’t take a genius to realize this is a potentially serious problem. That doesn’t mean you get to wallow in despair if you find yourself suffering from a sleep-related disorder.
If you’ve tried the mouthpieces, tried the nasal strips and the weird chin straps that are supposed to prevent you from snoring and it’s still happening, make an appointment with your health care professional. It’s possible that you’re suffering from something else and you should get that dealt with sooner rather than later. There are ways to get rid of snoring to help improve your life, but make sure you speak with a health care professional first.
You’ll be surprised at how easy you’ll sleep afterwards.