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Why Am I Having Sleep Disturbances?

Why Am I Having Sleep Disturbances?

Waking frequently throughout the night, not falling asleep, and not being able to stay asleep until the morning are all hallmark signs of insomnia and poor sleep quality. Poor sleep quality can lead to a host of health issues, such as excessive daytime fatigue and sleepiness, weight gain, and much more. Battling insomnia and poor sleep quality can seem like a difficult battle; however, there are ways you can improve your sleep. Keep reading for reasons you may have sleep disturbances and what you can start doing about it tonight for a better, more refreshed tomorrow.

Facts About Sleep Disturbances

So many things have changed in the past century, including how much people are working and the stress that has been placed on our lives due to economic issues and other societal issues. It can be seen in many aspects of our daily life, including sleep patterns.

Why Am I Having Sleep Disturbances?

Why Am I Having Sleep Disturbances?

Statistics about insufficient sleep include:

Stress-Induced Sleep Disturbance

It is normal to experience a sleepless night before an important event or a big day. Your wedding day, a big presentation, a performance, anticipation about something, and excitement can keep you up at night. This is normal, and is usually temporary, and goes away once the event has passed. However, when it is becoming a daily occurrence, you are experiencing stress-induced sleep disturbance.

Everybody who experiences stress will manifest it differently. For many, the hyperarousal and adrenaline that stress produces will be enough to keep them up, night after night. Unless the source of stress is pinpointed and worked through with treatment or therapy, the cycle of anxiety and insomnia worsens and worsens. Poor sleep quality will cause more stress, which will compound the existing stress. The additional stress makes insomnia worse, causing even more stress, and the cycle continues.

Unhealthy Sleep Habits

For many people, a simple lifestyle change can help them sleep better at night. Practicing healthy sleep habits every night can train the body to sleep at certain times under certain conditions.

A few healthy sleep habits include:

Mental Health Disorders

A side effect of many mental health disorders is insomnia. It is estimated that 40% of people with insomnia have a mental health disorder. Depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, bipolar disorder, and many other mental health disorders can cause negative thoughts that keep you up at night and can trigger the body’s hyperarousal stress response.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder in which breathing is affected. The individual breathes through the mouth rather than the nose due to an obstruction. This can cause intense snoring and unnatural breathing patterns. As a result, there is not enough oxygen being absorbed into the body, and this causes a host of health-related issues.

Statistics regarding sleep apnea, according to The Sleep Foundation, include:

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Most people who suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnea have no idea that they are suffering from it. Unless you have a partner or roommate who alerts you to your loud snoring, it can be challenging to diagnose.

Some of the symptoms to watch out for include:

There are three types of Sleep Apnea. These include:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), occurs when the airway has been blocked, such as from tissue relaxing in the back of the throat.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea: When central sleep apnea (CSA) is present, the brain does not send the proper signals to the muscles responsible for breathing.
  3. Mixed Sleep Apnea: Mixed or complex, sleep apnea involves a combination of both central and obstructive sleep apnea.

The best form of treatment will vary based on which type of sleep apnea has developed. To learn about the next steps for addressing your condition, you will first need to schedule a sleep study to receive a diagnosis, after which you can discuss your treatment options with Dr. Gorman at our clinic.

Untreated Sleep Apnea can cause:

Risk factors for Sleep Apnea include:

What to Do About Your Sleep Disturbances

If you are desperate for a better night’s sleep and for the best chances possible to avoid health issues, there are things you can start doing today to treat your sleep disturbances. These include pinpointing stress, practicing self-care, practicing healthy sleep habits, getting treatment for underlying mental health conditions, and treating your sleep apnea.

Pinpointing stress and practicing self-care

Finding the source of your stress and working to lower your stress levels can help your sleep disturbances.

Practicing healthy sleep habits

Setting a time to go to bed and wake up, limiting caffeine and alcohol, limiting electronics, and engaging in relaxing activities right before bed can help train your body for better sleep.

Get treatment for your underlying mental health conditions

If you are suffering from insomnia due to your mental health disorder, speak with your doctor about new treatment methods for your condition. Let your doctor or therapist know that your insomnia has worsened. Insufficient sleep can worsen mental health conditions, and stopping the cycle starts with mental health treatment.

Seek Treatment for Sleep Apnea

If you are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms or have one of the risk factors for sleep apnea, you can get treatment for better sleep and better health. When sleep apnea is addressed with the proper treatment, risks associated with the condition are significantly reduced. At Gorman Health and Wellness, we are experts in helping our patients get better sleep and relief from sleep apnea.

The process for treating sleep apnea includes:

About Gorman Health and Wellness

If you have insomnia and any sleep apnea symptoms, you do not have to suffer any longer. Sleep disturbances and insufficient sleep do not have to be part of your life anymore. Improve your quality of life and give yourself the best chances of fighting preventable health conditions by addressing your sleep apnea today.

Dr. Gorman is a part of the breathing wellness movement, aiming to increase awareness and improve treatment for sleep-related airway conditions like sleep apnea. To manage sleep apnea, he has partnered with organizations focused on collaborating with dentists to apply the sciences of:

Together, applying these sciences allows for underlying causes of airway obstruction to be treated in 98% of cases, resulting in a high success rate among sleep apnea patients. For every sleep apnea case at our practice, Dr. Gorman will gather patient data and determine the patient’s specific needs based on home sleep test results, dental impressions, CT scans, and images. Our state-of-the-art technology, paired with Dr. Gorman’s experience with sleep disorders, allows him to find the most effective treatment plan for each individual’s particular case, yielding improved daytime and nighttime breathing for the patient.

“I have been helping people suffering from Sleep Apnea with a non-invasive, clinically approved treatment method. This method has allowed my patients to sleep with far fewer events per hour, allowing them to get rid of their CPAP and BiPAP machines. Imagine not having to use one of those machines, getting back a much greater quality of life along with the benefits of being able to breathe better.” – Dr. Gorman.

Contact us today for more information on Dr. Gorman, improving your sleep apnea, and creating a better quality of life.