Have you found yourself ordering an extra-large coffee lately? Tired all day long, even though you slept a full night? If you are like many people who struggle with chronic sleepiness, you may have a sleep disorder and not know it. While certain sleep disorders such as Insomnia are usually very apparent to the sufferer, some disorders such as Sleep Apnea are not quite as easy to detect without the proper medical intervention.
Sleep deprivation can occur for many different reasons. It’s become widely known among medical professionals that most Americans are now sleeping less than ever before. The reasons for this vary, but are in some ways related to our lifestyle as a culture. Since the invention of electric light our sleep schedules have deviated more drastically from the natural rhythms of light and dark. We are also more driven as a society and this tends to bring more work-related stresses into the bedroom before sleep. Most sleep professionals recommend that the bedroom should remain a place that is used for sleep and sex and not reading, TV, or other activities that can take away from a proper bedtime routine.
But what happens when the proper routines are followed, the right amount of sleep time is logged and you are still tired all day long? In this case, it is best to see your health care provider about a sleep study to rule out the possibility of a sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnea. There are many different forms of what is called Sleep Disordered Breathing, but one of the most common forms is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA for short is a condition that occurs when the upper airway collapses during sleep and closes off the airway until the brain gives a signal to wake-up due to a fall in blood oxygen levels. Usually, a person is not aware that they are waking up as they are experiencing a partial arousal. This means that they wake up just enough to get the airway open enough for oxygen to pass through and they fall asleep again, only to have the scenario repeat, often up to a hundred times or more per hour.
In a situation such as described above, the person may think they have slept all night; however, their heart and other systems have been working very hard all night long to essentially keep them alive. This results in a very tired person the next day. Consequently, someone with an underlying disorder such as OSA may try to self-medicate with large amounts of caffeine or other stimulants just to stay awake at work and perform daily functions.
In conclusion, if you or someone you know is chronically tired during the day despite sleeping at night, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider about finding a sleep lab where you can undergo an all-night sleep test to determine whether you have a sleep disorder such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In addition, it is very important to determine whether you have a sleep disorder as the potential long-term effects can be very damaging to the body and in some extreme cases, even deadly. So, before you reach for that extra quadruple-shot latte, check with your doctor to make sure you that are not dealing with an underlying disorder such as Sleep Apnea. Your body and your wallet will thank you.
Check out this link for more informations and tips: http://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-disorders-prevention