Sleep and Sleep Disorder By : Ellelin Yap

28 Mar

            Sleep can often be a barometer of your overall health. In many cases, people in good health tend to sleep well, whereas repeated sleeping problems may indicate an underlying medical or mental health problem, be it minor or serious. Sleeping well is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, even minimal sleep loss can take a toll on your mood, energy, efficiency, and ability to handle stress. Ignoring sleep problems and disorders can lead to poor health, accidents, impaired job performance, and relationship stress. If you want to feel your best, stay healthy, and perform up to your potential, sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. (Melinda Smith, Lawrence Robinson & Robert Segal, 2012)

Sleeping disorders such as Insomnia are characterized by the inability to fall or stay asleep., Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing stops for a moment, causing the person to choke, gasp, and wake up momentarily, Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder in which a person suffers unpredictable attacks of daytime sleepiness., Sleepwalking and Night terrors is an insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy are most common among adults, sleepwalking and night terrors occur far more commonly among children. Based on my research of some of the sites, I have read that some of estimated 15 percent of Americans have chronic sleep problems, while about 10 percent have occasional trouble sleeping. They have a behavioral sleep medicine program emphasizes the behavioral treatment of a number of sleep disorders, including disorders of initiating and maintaining sleep, the insomnias, settling disorders in infants and children, disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, night terrors, circadian rhythm disorders, and sleep schedule disorders. (Melinda Smith, Lawrence Robinson & Robert Segal, 2012)

I have a friend who had an experience of Insomnia. She cannot sleep until 3 in the morning.  Like me, if she slept around past 6 in the evening and she wakes up at 12midnight, she cannot sleep again until 3am. But you can prevent it by eating the right kind of food and by sleeping on time. If you get worse you need to visit a doctor already.

Sometimes, most of us experience what it’s like to have trouble falling asleep, to lie awake in the middle of the night, or feel sleepy and fatigued during the day. However, when sleep problems are a regular occurrence—when they get in the way of your daily routine and hamper your ability to function—you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders and other sleeping problems cause more than just sleepiness. Poor quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance, productivity, and health. If you’re experiencing sleeping problems, learn about the signs and symptoms of common sleep disorders, what you can do to help yourself, and when to see a doctor. (Melinda Smith, Lawrence Robinson & Robert Segal, 2012)

Reference : Melinda Smith. , Lawrence Robinson, , & Robert Segal, ( 2012, February). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_disorders.htm

 

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2 Responses to “Sleep and Sleep Disorder By : Ellelin Yap”

  1. Dannie Borgella October 8, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Sleep problems should be resolved as soon as possible since they can result into more health problems. *.”.,

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  2. Cody Tarricone April 3, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Hypopnea can occur during sleep. In this case it may turn into a serious sleeping disorder. Sleep hypopnea can be characterized by person’s repetitive stops of breathing or low breathing for short periods of time during sleep. Speaking in anatomical terms, there is intermittent collapse of the upper airway and reductions in blood oxygen levels during sleep. Thus, a sleeping person becomes incapable to breathe normally and awakens with each collapse. Quantity and quality of sleep is lowered, what results in sleep deprivation and excessive daytime sleepiness. The most usual physiological consequences of hypopnea are cognitive disfunction, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, hypertension, memory loss, heart attack, stroke, impotence, psychiatric problems. People suffering from sleep hypopnea increase considerably the overall number of traffic accidents. Their productivity is diminished and they have constant emotional problems and strains. ;

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