Help – I can’t sleep

Help – I can’t sleep

Over 60 million Americans can’t sleep due to insomnia. Insomnia is one of the most common conditions preventing people from sleeping. People who can’t sleep may suffer from other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, bruxism, and hypopnea.

Many people who can’t sleep may suffer from insomnia. Those who can’t sleep should see a physician, as insomnia may be spawned by an underlying condition, such as depression, heart disease and diabetes.  Insomnia is a condition that affects an individual’s ability to fall asleep or stay asleep for prolonged periods of time. Conditions range from prolonged periods of sleeplessness to infrequent bouts with the condition.

Sleep apnea negatively affects nearly 20 million Americans. People with this sleep disorder may not even know they suffer from it, as most sufferers will continue to sleep, albeit with diminished quality due to disrupted sleep rhythms. People with sleep apnea can’t sleep peacefully. Sleep apnea occurs when one’s breathing is repeatedly stopped during sleep. Pauses in breath can last from a few second to minutes; someone suffering from sleep apnea will typically begin breathing again with a loud snort.

Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders. It’s a sleep disorder that occurs when one habitually clinches and grinds his or her teeth. Only 5 percent of those with bruxism are aware they suffer from the disorder. Like sleep apnea, many suffers are alerted to the condition by a bed partner or by family members, and typically can’t sleep uninhibitedly.

Hypopnea is a sleep disorder that causes shallow breathing in sufferers. The disorder varies from sleep apnea as those with hypopnea do not totally stop breathing. Like sleep apnea, those who suffer from hypopnea may get a full night’s rest only to wake up feeling tired due to diminished sleep quality brought on by the disorder, and truly can’t sleep peacefully.

Those who can’t sleep can take simple preventive measures to aid in going to sleep. Obesity is a leading cause of sleep apnea due to excessive fat around the neck, blocking one’s airway. Those who can’t sleep and are overweight may be tossing and turning due to uncomfortable excess weight. Those who can’t sleep may want to change their sleep environment. Changes that can have a positive impact include: finding an appropriate bed for your body type, cutting out caffeine from your diet and limiting the amount of liquids you consume before bedtime. As always, it’s highly recommended you see a doctor if you can’t sleep, as it may be a sign of a serious medical condition.

Naturopathic Sleep Specialist comments:

A naturopath can provide herbal, homeopathic and nutritional support to assist sleep. And help address underlying reasons for insomnia.