Interruptions in your sleep patterns can have many factors, but ignoring them while you toss and turn will not solve your problem. Stress from your job or due to interpersonal complications can be two major causes.
A few nights of emotionally stressed sleep interruption is normal, but prolonged sleep loss can start to cause health issues if they are not dealt with. Recognizing patterns can help you get back to sleep and have you feeling better with a habit change or two, or possibly a trip to your doctor’s office.
Common Reasons for Sleep Loss
● The condition known as sleep apnea is the cessation of normal breathing patterns while the person is asleep. There are many causes for it, but the most common is obesity.
● Fighting the urge to move your legs all night is called Restless Leg Syndrome. It causes many a person to endure interrupted sleep or trouble falling asleep.
● Narcolepsy is a disorder by which a person experiences extreme drowsiness during the day. It is a less common sleep disorder but shouldn’t be discounted.
Home Remedies for Sleep Disorders
There are some things you can do at home in order help you get a better night’s sleep. They may be worth trying before you rush out to the doctor for unnecessary tests and pills.
1. Manage any pain symptoms
Feeling uncomfortable will keep you awake. If you need to take pain management medication be sure that you take it at least one hour before you go to bed.
2. Unwind with a bath
Having a warm bath can work magic on tension in the mind and minor aches in the body. The warmth of the water will allow tense muscles to release and slow your thoughts down.
3. Try some exercise during the day
Getting into a regular exercise routine does wonders for the overworked mind and stressed out body. Start slow, incorporating at least 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and work your way up to a half hour 3 to 4 times a week.
4. Stretch before bed
Light stretching before bed will also undo tight muscles and improve your body’s circulation, adding to the chances of a better rest.
Medical Things to Consider
Certain medications can contribute to sleep loss. If you are on prescription medications, talk to your doctor about possible side effects and see if there is a connection. Low iron can also contribute to restless leg syndrome.