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Problems Sleeping for Blind People

SleepDrops for Adults 60ml

SleepDrops is designed to cover all the bases by supporting normal body processes such as liver function, naturally occurring sleep chemicals and the nervous system.

Problems Sleeping for Blind People

Did you know that 8 out of 10 blind people have problems sleeping?
It’s true. People who are blind or vision impaired are among the most frequent sufferers of sleep disorders in the world.

People who are totally blind (who can’t perceive light) have the highest rate of problems sleeping. The most commonly reported problem for people who are totally blind is non-24-hour-sleep-wake-disorder – where their circadian rhythm is out of sync with the 24 hour clock, meaning they’re unable to sleep at night.

Non-24-hour-sleep-wake-disorder most commonly occurs among the totally-blind population, but also affects those with normal vision.

Most people’s natural sleep cycle (circadian rhythm) functions between 24-25 hours – slightly longer than a full day. During the course of the day, sunlight signals travel from the eyes to the hypothalamus in the brain, and this regulates the production of melatonin. It’s this melatonin that tells us when it’s time to wake up or go to sleep. But if you can’t detect light, your light receptors are faulty, or your hypothalamus is wonky, you might find yourself slipping back into your natural sleep cycle.

This means you will have a couple of days of good sleep, but then you’ll start falling asleep later and later, and wanting to sleep in longer and longer. If you continue to try to sleep and wake at regular times, you will feel drowsy and irritable throughout the day, as your body thinks it should be in bed. Non-24-hour-sleep-wake-disorder is one of the more troublesome problems sleeping, as it often isn’t detected as an actual disorder for several years.

People with other vision-impairments, like colour-blindness and light sensitivity, are also prone to problems sleeping, the most common being sleep phase disorders and insomnia.

With over 1200 New Zealanders losing their sight every year, sleeping problems among the blind will continue to increase. One of the best ways to combat these types of sleep-phase and circadian rhythm sleep disorders is with melatonin.

By increasing the amount of melatonin to your brain, you can help regulate your own circadian rhythms and cure your problems sleeping. You can get melatonin in some prescription medicines, but it’s better to use a natural source. Sleepdrops not only contain melatonin, but 25 of the best natural sleep aids for a natural, deep sleep. Herbal sleeping pills containing melatonin have proven to be extremely effective in treating non-24-hour-sleep-wake-disorder, as well as other problems sleeping associated with blindness.