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Sleep Disorders:
How To Overcome Sleepless Nights

Extract from Chapter 2 : What are Sleep Disorders?


We've all been there. Worrying, restless or tense you go to bed exhausted, only to find yourself tossing and turning - unable to sleep. You know you need the sleep but for some reason you just can't turn off your thoughts.

For some people this only lasts for a night, however for others it can last for weeks, months, years or even a lifetime. The lack of sleep can affect your health, your work and your relationships as you stumble through the day feeling tired and irritable.


The term insomnia is often thought of as a severe form of sleeplessness that keeps the sufferer awake all night. However, the term can also be used to describe those occasional sleepless nights we all experience from time to time and to milder forms of poor quality sleep that can rob you of your energy and alertness but don't necessarily make you go to see a doctor.

Insomnia refers to the inability to get to sleep at night, or the waking up during the night and not being able to get back to sleep.

Many people suffer from occasional sleep problems with an estimated one third of the American population having some form of severe insomnia. Insomnia can be caused by stress but also includes physical problems such as nightmares, body jerking, snoring problems, teeth grinding and sleepwalking to name just a few.

Sleeping disorders occur from infancy through to old age with a significant rise in incidence in old age. Most people don't consult a doctor about their problem or resort to sleeping pills or tranquilizers to help.

Sleeplessness and your Health

The consequences of sleep deprivation are more problematic than most people would perhaps think. Studies have shown that people suffering with severe or chronic insomnia suffer at work and are less productive. They often give up their interests, leisure activities and social engagements because they are too tired after work, leading to the deterioration of their quality of life.

Sleep deprived people are also more likely to have road traffic accidents and their numbers nearly equal those of drunk drivers. This is often due to falling asleep at the wheel.

Lack of sleep accumulates into what is known as a sleep debt, with many people carrying a huge sleep debt without realizing. People with greater sleep debts are slower to recover from illness and are more vulnerable to catching infections, viruses and other illnesses.

The immune system needs good quality sleep to function at its optimal level. Many insomniacs report that they seem to catch more colds than other people

The more that is learned about sleep the more it is realized how important it is to our overall health and indeed the quality of our life.

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