A third of the population has sleep problems. Insomnia is a long-term and serious problem for ten to fifteen percent of the population. Women suffer from sleep problems twice as often as men.
A third of the population has sleep problems. Insomnia is a long-term and serious problem for ten to fifteen percent of the population. Women suffer from sleep problems twice as often as men. Many elderly people also have sleep problems. Everyone sometimes sleeps badly. You spend hours pondering and turning and you can not get to sleep. Or you sleep bad because the day after you have an exciting or busy day. This is not that bad for one or two nights. But it will be different if you hear the clock three o’clock every night and get out of bed in the morning. Then your sleep problems can be a sleep disorder.
You need sleep to relax. During your sleep you recover physically and mentally and you get energy again. On average, we sleep a third of our lives, but that is different for everyone. One person needs little sleep, the other much. The older people become, the less they go to sleep. Babies sleep for an average of sixteen hours a day, adults about seven to eight hours and the elderly often less. On average, women sleep more than men. Every person has his own day and night rhythm. There are morning people and evening people. It is important whether someone is sleeping well and whether he has a rested feeling. How long someone sleeps is less important.
Sleep begins with slumber and becomes deeper, until you are in a very deep sleep. In this deep sleep, most people are difficult to wake up. Your body is now resting and building new energy. After that deep sleep comes the dream sleep, which is also called REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement). In REM sleep you process all kinds of emotions and information of the day. This is also the sleep in which most dreams and sometimes nightmares occur. Every night you have four to five times a sleep cycle of about one and a half hours: slumbering, deep sleep and then REM sleep. During the night, your sleep becomes lighter, the REM sleep phases last longer and you have shorter periods of deep sleep.
Sleep problems: what types of sleep disorders are there?
Sleep problems or a sleep disorder can arise due to various issues, such as stress (high work pressure, stress at home, money worries, problems with children, etc), lifestyle habits (drinking black coffee, smoking, eating late, eating a lot of sugar, many activities late at night , etc) or traumatic events. The causes of apnea, narcolepsy and disturbances of the sleep-wake rhythm are often different. The treatment of sleep problems with Aeffectivity can be part of ongoing treatment.
Read here what Aeffectivity does for sleep problems.
Insomnia or chronic insomnia
Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. You have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or not being rested after your sleep. You have insomnia if you have these complaints for at least one month.
You can not stay awake during the day. You sleep a lot at night and during the day, but you still remain drowsy.
With sleep apnea, you sometimes stop seconds at night to breathe for a few minutes at night. Then you wake up and you start to breathe again. Because you suddenly suck a lot of air inside, you snore very hard. You often feel drowsy during the day. The cause of sleep apnea is often a badly formed palate or the collapse of muscles in the pharynx. Overweight has a negative effect on sleep apnea and makes the symptoms worse.
Disturbances of the sleep-wake rhythm
People who work in shifts, use drugs or drugs can suffer from this. Your biological clock gets disturbed, which makes you tired and have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
You have sudden, irresistible sleep attacks during the day. You actually feel sleepy. Or you suddenly get a muscle slack and suddenly collapse. This usually happens with strong emotions such as loud laughter or anger.
Sleep problems due to restless legs (restless legs)
With restless legs you have an irritating, burning sensation in your legs. When you move your legs, the bad feeling goes away. But as soon as you stop moving, the bad feeling comes back. You often have these complaints in the evening and at night, which makes you sleep badly.
Nightmares are extremely anxious dreams with very negative emotions. Usually you wake up and you can remember the nightmare.
Sleepwalking is walking while you sleep and your surroundings think you are awake.
Talking in your sleep
By talking in your sleep, your body does not get enough rest. You can be tired during the day.
In teeth grinding you slide your upper teeth and lower teeth over your sleep. This gives an abrasive or grinding sound. Sometimes you do it so hard that the enamel of your teeth goes wrong. So it is very bad for your teeth.
In this condition you suffer from anxiety attacks during your sleep. You suddenly become wake up with a panicked scream. You make a confused impression. Both pavor noctumus and sleepwalking mainly occur in children and usually disappear with aging.Black disorders related to a psychiatric problemIf you have psychological problems, such as depression or anxiety, you may not sleep enough. You can not sleep well, you wake up early or you wake up often at night. Sometimes people with psychological problems sleep longer than normal. Sleep disorders related to physical complaints Sleep problems can be related to physical illnesses such as diabetes or thyroid disease. You can also have trouble sleeping due to the use of medication, drugs or alcohol. You have difficulty getting to sleep. You also wake up often at night or wake up early in the morning. Some people just sleep too much again. You can also have physical complaints such as pain and tightness that make you sleep badly. An example of medicines that affect your sleep are antihypertensive drugs.