Lack of sleep is normal and everyone tends to struggle with it at some point in their lives. However, when lack of sleep becomes an ongoing and consistent pattern, we need to start addressing the possibility that our irregular sleep patterns might be caused by having a sleep disorder.
To help with this, we have put together a list of 5 signs to look out for to ensure you are getting a good night's sleep:
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1. You Are Still Tired After Waking Up
You went to bed at a relatively normal time, slept for 8 hours and still find yourself waking up feeling groggy and exhausted. The human sleep cycle has 4 stages, one of which is the restorative stage. In some cases, our bodies won’t reach this necessary stage, leaving us feeling tired and unrefreshed after a night’s sleep.
2. You Find Yourself Sleeping During The Day
To desire a nap or begin nodding off at slower paced times of the day is not out of the ordinary for a busy individual, especially if you tossed and turned through the previous night. It is when this becomes a consistent occurrence that you need to consider seeking information on what could be happening.
3. You Snore
While snoring itself is technically not harmful, your body may just be warning you of a deeper issue: Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is when your normally open airway becomes clogged and you stop breathing for a short period in your sleep. While in most cases it is not very severe, an annual check-up is a good idea.
4. Sleep Is Not The Only Problem Being Experienced
Do you suffer from some other form of chronic illness or health conditions? If so, it's symptoms are often the ones to then keep you awake. If there are symptoms in your body that you cannot define, it is important to see your healthcare provider to ensure overall wellness.
5. You Cannot Fall Asleep Or Stay Asleep
Insomnia is a real condition with real consequences. Because your brain literally retrains itself not to sleep when it is actually supposed to, you may want to seek out medical assistance that will help you in readjusting your body’s sleep schedule.