We all have trouble sleeping sometimes. The CDC has reported that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep at night. How do you know when your sleeplessness is actually a more significant issue? Today we’ll discuss common sleep issues and important next steps you can take to make sure you’re getting optimal sleep so you can function your best.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Sleep Disorder?
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, it’s recommended that adults between 18-60 years old get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. But how do you know if you’re getting quality sleep? Besides feeling tired during your waking hours, there are a few common symptoms that can indicate a sleep issue. Such as snoring or gasping for air in your sleep. Having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep through the night, or when sleepiness prevents you from performing your daily activities because you’re too tired.
If you can relate to these symptoms, you might suffer from a sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnea, insomnia, or restless legs syndrome. If you suffer from inconsistent sleep or are regularly affected by these symptoms, it’s best to schedule a sleep study.
If left untreated, sleep disorders can lead to an increased risk of hypertension, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. Sleep is an essential function of thriving health, and if your body isn’t getting adequate rest at night, it will take a toll on your quality of life.
Steps To Try At Home
Getting good sleep can start with developing good sleep habits, such as going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time each day. Take it further by avoiding screens for at least an hour before bedtime. In addition, making sure the room you sleep in is dark and quiet, wearing comfortable clothes, and even using a white noise machine to drown out distracting sounds can help improve your sleep quality.
Getting Professional Help
If you have tried changing your habits at home and still aren’t getting the sleep you need, it’s time to schedule a sleep study. The experts at The Sleep Center at Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, PC, specialize in sleep studies. You can read more about what happens in a sleep study here.
We can use this time to monitor your sleep and diagnose your issues. We are well equipped, and our specialists are highly trained to assess your sleep and present you with a selection of treatment options to help you get the rest you deserve. We can monitor if your brain is getting enough oxygen and assess how well your body functions as you sleep. These tests will give us the information we need to find your optimal treatment plan. Various conditions can lead to a variety of treatments, from CPAP machines to BPAP and more. When you’re ready to make a change to thriving health, contact us. We’re here to help.