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A Look At Some Common Causes Of Adult Sleep Disorders And Tips That May Help

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By: Gregg Hall

Sleep is very important for maintaining our health and quality of life. Even though sleep is very important, about forty million people suffer from sleep disorders, and many of these go undiagnosed. Without the proper amount of sleep our bodies don't function as well as they should. Fatigue can cause us to be irritable, have trouble concentrating, have trouble remembering things, and slower recovery times from injury and illness.

It is recommended that the average person should get between seven and eight hours of sleep a night. You may need more sleep than this, it just depends on the person. If you are ill you will probably need more than this. Pregnancy can also cause you to need more sleep. If you are getting your seven to eight hours of sleep and find you are still irritable or having trouble staying alert and focused you may need more sleep.

There are many different disorders that people suffer from. Some of the more common sleep disorders include irregular sleep patterns, sleep walking, nightmares, snoring, insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy. Some of these disorders are more easily diagnosed than others.
Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders that people suffer from. Insomnia is when you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night, or waking up too early in the morning, and not feeling refreshed when you wake up. You may have occasional insomnia, or you may have a severe case of insomnia. Many different things could be causing your insomnia.

Anxiety, depression, pain, illness, irregular schedules, and drugs such nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine can also be a cause of insomnia. Some of these problems may require you to seek medical help, while others can be fixed at home. If your insomnia is due to anxiety or depression or prolonged illness or pain you may want to speak to your doctor to see what you can do.

If you suffer from an irregular schedule the fix may be as easy as going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Other things you might want to do is make sure you are tired when you go to bed. There is no sense in going to bed if you are not tired, you might as well do something until you are tired.

Doing activities that are relaxing will also help you feel more ready for bed. You can try reading a book, or watching some television, whatever helps you relax. Smoking and doing exercise would probably not be something you would want to do since neither one is very relaxing.

On the other hand, regular exercise that is five to six hours before you are ready for bed may help keep you on a regular schedule. You may also want to avoid drinks with a lot of caffeine for five to six hours before you would like to go to bed.

If these tips don't help you with your insomnia you may want to speak to your doctor and see if there is anything else that is causing the disorder.

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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as personal care products at

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