Many of us have experienced difficulty sleeping at one time or another. This is normal and usually temporary, due to stress from outside factors. But if sleep problems are a regular occurrence and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders are more than just sleepiness. They can adversely impact on your quality of life. Your performance at work may suffer from poor concentration, your relations may be affected from irritability and moodiness, and you might feel as though you cannot make it through the day because you have no energy.
Sleep disorders are associated with a higher risk of chronic health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. There are profound links between disturbed sleep and Atrial Fibrillation, Congenital Long QT Syndrome, impotence, cognitive decline and depression.
“Problems with sleep are very common. They may occur because of poor sleep habits and insufficient time in bed, or as the result of a specific sleep disorder such as snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea or insomnia. Addressing all of these issues is the key to improving the health, safety, productivity and quality of life of affected people.” – The Sleep Health Foundation
Sleep disorders include (but are not limited to):
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
- Period Limb Movement Disorder
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Parasomnias (Sleepwalking, Sleeptalking)
If you would like more information on sleep disorders, please consult your physician or visit sleephealthfoundation.org.au
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