Sleep Problems

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Sleep problems affect people of every age. Some of the problems can be medically related while others might be situational. Whatever the cause, not being able to get a good night's sleep can cause great difficulty in our lives. Everyone has experienced at least one sleepless night in their lives and know the effects they can have on one's mood and health. We become sluggish and irritable throughout the following day and are no treat to be around. Obviously, sleep is very important to functioning well in our personal and professional lives.

Sleep problems that are medically related should be brought to the attention of a physician. These problems include but are not limited to sleep apnea, asthma, migraines, and chronic pain. Other problems may be caused by the environment or even by bad habits.

The Most Common Sleep Problems

One of the most common sleep problems is related to sound. It is very difficult to fall asleep when listening to a distinguishable noise. For example, some people watch television in bed at night. The television often keeps these people awake longer than if they sat in a quiet room. When people are able to focus on a particular sound, it keeps the mind active and awake. Sound conditioners can solve this problem by masking the sounds in the room. Although the sounds may not completely disappear, they will be unidentifiable and blend into the background.

Some other sleep problems can be easily corrected with simple adjustments to behavior. For example, having a cup of tea before bed may be relaxing, but if that tea has caffeine in it, sleep may prove elusive. Switching to a decaffeinated tea can make all the difference. Likewise, taking a nap during the day may make it difficult to sleep at night. Eliminating the afternoon nap will make you drowsier in the evening.

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