The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep
On occasion, you might not sleep well due to stress, illness, or eating or drinking too much before bedtime. Hopefully, this only lasts one or two nights before you’re back to your normal, quality sleep. Those who suffer from poor sleep consistently or have a true sleeping disorder, however, aren’t able to achieve quality rest for a long period of time. They go through their days with low energy, feeling constantly tired and this can affect their overall mood, health and relationships.
When To Seek Help
If you have the occasional poor night’s sleep, chances are you can figure out what was the culprit. You might have eaten too much or had a stressful day, or even become overstimulated from late-night screen time. These factors can be identified and avoided in the future.
On the other hand, if you consistently drag through your days feeling exhausted even though you think you had a decent night’s sleep, it’s probably time to determine whether you are suffering from a sleep disorder. Symptoms of sleep disorders include:
- Loud snoring
- Restless sleep — Constantly waking up throughout the night, coupled with gasping for air
- Feelings of depression, anxiety or irritability
- Inability to concentrate during the day
While there are methods to help you sleep better, such as getting exercise, avoiding alcohol and setting a consistent bedtime, these aren’t long-term solutions for those who suffer with sleep disorders like sleep apnea. People who have consistent sleep problems should seek medical help. If left untreated, you run the risk of increasing your chances of major health issues such as heart disease and stroke. At TMD & Sleep Apnea Clinic, we help patients in Poulsbo, WA and the surrounding areas regain their quality of sleep and well-being. Please call our office to schedule a consultation today.