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Based on the latest studies, we know about 30 percent of Americans are dealing with some sort of sleep problem. Knowing that I would be writing this ebook soon, I started thinking about how this would apply to all of our readers â€“ not just 30 percent of them. I hope you find the articles that follow -What's Keeping You Up at Night? & Prescription Meds â€“ Are the Potential Side Effects worth the Risk? - both interesting and informative. Read on for helpful information and tips to help you get a good night's sleep!
Having to listen to the sound of someone snoring when you are trying to fall asleep can definitely drive you over the edge. Strangely enough, the snorer is usually unaware that he or she is snoring and it is the bed partner who has to contend with the snoring. Snoring is the sound that occurs when air flow is obstructed in the area where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula.
Understanding the sleep cycle is important to ensure that you get a peaceful, sounder sleep. When you sleep, your sleep goes in cycles between rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. REM sleep is a basically a light sleep where you will most likely awaken. In REM, you do most of your dreaming and your body does not move much, heart rate increases and your eyes move back and forth. In NREM your body slows down to prepare you for your deepest sleep.
Sleep is a vital ingredient needed for the body and mind to function. Most of our lives will be spent in slumber, re-charging our batteries for the day ahead. Regardless of the cause, interrupted or poor quality sleep can be extremely problematic. The brain which functions as the â€˜batteryâ€™ of your body, needs adequate sleep to be able to perform itâ€™s many functions correctly.
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by episodes in which breathing stops during sleep. These episodes of stopped breathing usually last for 10 seconds or more, sometimes more than 300 times a night. This condition is potentially life threatening causing significant social and emotional problems, and hampering day to day living. People with sleep apnea will awaken partially as they struggle to breathe, but in the morning will be unaware of any sleep disturbances ever occurring.
Restless leg syndrome is a condition in which your legs experience an unpleasant sensation causing an irresistible urge to move them â€“ often during sleep or when trying to fall asleep or when at rest, either lying or sitting down. By moving the legs, the uncomfortable sensation eases and goes away temporarily. Restless leg syndrome may also occur in the arms. This condition can disrupt sleep routines, most frequently during the evening or early part of the night, making it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), is a condition in which a personâ€™s legs or arms twitch, cramp or move involuntarily and periodically during sleep. Previously, PLMD was referred to as nocturnal myoclonus - rapid, rhythmic contractions of the muscles often seen in seizures. However, PLMD is not myoclonus.
Insomnia is something that troubles many people and has a number of different causes, the most common being stress, anxiety, or too much caffeine. Whatever the cause, getting too little sleep can have a serious affect on your daily life.
Physically, you are completely worn out and wish for nothing more than a good nights sleep. However, once in bed, you toss and turn, sometimes not getting a wink of sleep all night. Even when you finally think you are able to get some sleep, you awaken to find that you have been asleep for only about an hour.