Adult Sleep Disorders
With three out of four people suffering from some kind of sleep problem, it is clear adult sleep disorders are on the rise. This is bad news if you want to stay happy and healthy. We need sleep in order to feel alert, refreshed, and recharged.
The good news is most adult sleep disorders can be easily managed and cured without expensive prescription medicines or invasive treatments. Sometimes the cure can be simply adjusting your daily routine or taking herbal sleeping pills.
Are you suffering from one of these common adult sleep disorders?
One of the most common adult sleep disorders, Insomnia is the inability to fall or stay asleep. Bouts of insomnia range in duration and severity, from a few days where you toss and turn, to months or years struggling to fall asleep.
In most adults, insomnia is brought on by outside forces, either medical problems, or emotional stresses – too much work, a death in the family or worrying about your kids. Sorting out the medical or emotional problem cures the insomnia.
Of all the common adult sleep disorders; sleep apnea has the most potential for danger. During sleep apnea, the airway collapses for small intervals, meaning a person literally stops breathing for a few moments. This can occur dozens of times every night.
Without proper treatment sleep apnea can worsen over time, and has been known to cause spontaneous death. Often this means losing weight or investing in a special machine to keep your airways open while you sleep.
Restless Legs Syndrome
The most mysterious of the adult sleeping disorders with no apparent cause, restless legs syndrome begins with an itchy, “pins and needles” feeling in your legs when you lie down. The discomfort eases when you move your legs. This often results in tossing and turning at night, and may lead to other adult sleep disorders like insomnia.
Luckily, Restless Legs Syndrome can be easily treated with leg stretches and aerobic exercise. Stretching programs such as yoga have proved beneficial for many patients.
Sleepwalking and Somnambulism
Common in children, sleepwalking can also affect adults. Like many other adult sleep disorders, sleepwalking is generally brought on by other medical conditions or mental health issues.
The best cure for sleepwalking and related adult sleep disorders is to keep the person safe. You may need to rearrange furniture in their bedroom, or move them to the ground floor.
These are the most common adult sleep disorders, and chances are, you or someone in your family will experience one of them at some point in their lives. By managing your stress levels and keeping yourself healthy, you should be able to quickly recover from any of these adult sleep disorders.