Seeing the surge in the marketing of various sleeping pills, it is a known fact that sleeping is the most fundamental necessity of a human being. Imagine this, It’s late at night, you are lying on your bed. You know that it is the only ‘me’ time of the day you’d be spending alone. Plus you know you should be sleeping at that time, but you still cannot!
Well, if this happens for a day or two, then it’s alright! BUT… if this keeps happening, then make sure you get it checked by a professional doctor.
What could it lead to?
It could further lead to insomnia, a sleeping disorder in which a person suffers from lack of sleep. The sufferer is unable to fall asleep, and initially, even if a person falls asleep, it is hard for them to stay asleep.
What Causes Sleeplessness In Human Beings?
Causes of sleeplessness or lack of sleep, or Insomnia could be various. It could be different in every age group.
Although there are many possible reasons behind a person’s inability to sleep properly to have a good night’s sleep.
The causes, or reasons could include:
- Poor sleeping habits
- Not-so-great lifestyle choices
- Negative Medical history
- Age Factor
- Excessive Caffeine
- Too much noise disturbances
- Screen Time before bed time
- Uncomfortable surrounding
- Sleeping in the daytime
- Lack of sunlight exposure
- Strict work schedule
- Any sort of physical pain
- Being Jet Lagged
However, some of the conditions could show adverse consequences and would result in severe Insomnia, Restlessness, Sleep apnea, or in some cases, Narcolepsy as well. ‘
Whereas in infants, no signs of sleeplessness occur up until they are six months old. After that, if an infant displays any sign of sleeplessness, then the reasons behind it could be:
- They are suffering from a digestive disorder, or gas is troubling them.
- Or they are hungry or sick
- Might be that they are teething.
Types Of Sleeping Disorders
There are several types of serious sleeping disorders, such as:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA is a condition in which the breathing airways of a human being are blocked. Thus, they keep facing frequent pauses while breathing. Also, it makes the person abruptly wake up. They might feel like they are choking really hard. Extreme snoring is an initial symptom of this disorder named Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Restless Leg Syndrome
This disorder causes tingling sensation, or in some cases, aching. These sensations or aching makes you want to move your leg frequently, even while you are at rest. Furthermore, it makes your sleep difficult to manage.
Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder
Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder is a disorder that disrupts the whole sleeping cycle of a person. Sleep doesn’t occur before midnight. Furthermore, it can interrupt your goodnight’s sleep and thus disturb your whole sleeping pattern. And since sleep comes with a delay, the sufferer wakes up late, and thus feels lethargic all day, also known as daytime fatigue.
Diagnosis Of Sleeplessness
First of all, if you are having problems falling asleep, then you need to identify the lifestyle changes that you have to make. Such as, no screen time before sleeping, eating healthy, avoiding caffeine, and overeating, exercising, staying physically active, staying hydrated, and maintaining a healthy sleep cycle.
In case, these tips do not work, make sure to go and visit a doctor. The doctor may prescribe you some sleeping aids or sedatives to keep your sleeplessness at bay.
There are cases where lack of sleep could disturb your whole immune system. Lack of sleep would result in daytime fatigue and hence would abrupt your whole flow of the system. Having to face this on a regular basis could also affect your mental health in the long run.
Then, if your doctor prescribes you some sleeping pills, make sure not to take more than the prescribed dosage.