Sleeping difficulty is when one has trouble sleeping at night. It may be hard to fall asleep, or one may wake up several times throughout the night. Signs of sleeping difficulty may include an inability to focus during the day, frequent headaches, irritability, daytime fatigue, waking up to early, waking up throughout the night, or taking several hours to fall asleep. One may also experience low energy during the day or have noticeably dark circles under the eyes.
HOW IS TROUBLE SLEEPING DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician diagnoses Trouble Sleeping by conducting a physical examination and asking questions about the sleep patterns.
HOW IS TROUBLE SLEEPING TREATED?
Treatment for sleeplessness depends on its cause. In some cases, at-home remedies or simple lifestyle changes can improve the quality of sleep. One may want to avoid caffeine and alcohol for at least eight hours before bed. Limit any daytime napping to 30 minutes. Keep bedroom dark and cool. Avoid stimulating activities before bedtime and allow seven to eight hours for sleep each night. Listening to soothing music and taking a hot bath before bedtime may also help. Keep a regular sleep schedule. If a medical condition or sleep disorder is causing problems, one would need treatment for the underlying condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
A sleep diary is a very useful tool for identifying sleep disorders and sleeping problems and pinpointing both day and nighttime habits that may be contributing to your difficulties. Keeping a record of your sleep patterns and problems will also prove helpful if you eventually find it necessary to see a sleep doctor.