Sleeping disorders are reported to be a common problem among people in nearly all age groups. According to doctors and other health professionals, an increasing number of patients are complaining about either a lack of sleep or excessive sleeping concerns.
Think about the number of times you hit your phone’s snooze button each morning. While it is normal to crave sleep, you might actually be short on the essential six to seven hours of sleep needed each night. And sleep is crucial for your health and overall well-being. It helps in recharging the brain and the lack of it could lead to poor performance at work, lethargy, immune system breakdown and mood-related issues that may disrupt relationships.
7 symptoms to watch out…
- Difficulty in naturally snoozing off at night – If you need a cup of camomile tea or soothing music plugged into your ears or some other method to doze off into sleep, you might be suffering from insomnia.
- Waking up at a very early hour – I often hear moms of infants and toddlers telling me that they wake up at wee hours of morning, around 3 am, but keep lying in the bed because if they start moving around then the baby will also wake up, or they hope to get some more sleep, if they stay in bed. However, none of that happens because it’s an issue that needs to be addressed. Sleep getting disturbed naturally, earlier than usual is not normal.
- Lack of sound sleep i.e. waking up frequently in the night– My father always mentions that he takes a lot of bathroom breaks through the night or keeps changing sides on his bed because he can’t sleep at a stretch. He has what he calls “disturbed sleep”. His reasoning for this is age however if not treated properly, this can lead to full-blown insomnia.
- Sleepiness and fatigue during the day – Some of my colleagues keep complaining of sleepiness and fatigue, right when they enter office in morning, surviving on endless cups of black coffee through the day. None of them realizing that this is an issue that can be easily cured by taking up a sleep recovery program.
- Feeling anxious, depressed and/or irritable quite often– Snapping practically everyone who they come across, some people can be put into the category of perpetually anxious and “touch-me-not”. More often than not, they don’t realize that their behaviour is due to their sleep issues.
- An increased incidence of accidents/errors – Reha’s confidence level has taken a huge downfall in last 6 months, as she is constantly flagged by her seniors at work and family members at home for errors in her work. Presentations with spelling errors, emails without attachments, food without salt, tea without sugar…these have become so common in her life that she has started to think of herself as quite useless. Nobody including herself is realizing that all this is because of poor sleep.
- Finding it hard to focus on tasks and pay attention (memory lapses) – My neighbour is very worried. Her 14-year-old daughter’s school grades have suddenly started to degrade in last few months. She finds it very difficult to focus in class and attentively grasp the topics being explained. Initially, her mother thought it was an onset of teenage and hence the behaviour changes. However, after consultation with a counsellor, it came out that she was suffering from poor sleep syndrome.
Almost everyone experiences some sleep-related issues every now and then. But if your insomnia lasts for over three or four months and is interfering with your routine activities, showing symptoms like those listed above, it might be a good idea to visit a counsellor and seek help.
Insomnia is not a unique problem and a lot of people simply ignore the symptoms. There are others who believe that there is no suitable treatment for this sleeping disorder and may not want to take medication. The fact is that insomnia and related symptoms can actually be treated with the help of cognitive behavioural therapy and other alternative methods of treatment. So there is much hope for all those struggling with sleep disorders. There are sleep recovery programs available that are scientifically designed to improve your sleep pattern and help you adopt nourishing sleep habits.
This blog is written by Mira (name changed) on behalf of Reboot Wellness. Mira observes and engages with people visiting Reboot Wellness.