Irregular Sleep is defined as a condition where a person is unable to sleep on a regular basis. Usually 7-8 hours of night sleep is recommended by doctors but some people sleep barely for 3-4 hours and constantly wake up during the night. They may have symptoms of irregular sleep patterns like lack of sleep, frequent wakings, etc.
HOW IS IRREGULAR SLEEP DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of irregular sleep aims at finding the underlying cause. Somnologist may evaluate your symptoms and also consider your medical history and lifestyle habits. Daytime sleepiness and sleep pattern is evaluated in detail. In some cases the person may have to spend a night at a sleep center so that the doctor can observe the sleep pattern.
HOW IS IRREGULAR SLEEP TREATED?
The goal of treatment is to help the person return to a normal sleep-wake cycle. This may involve:
• Setting up a regular daytime schedule of activities and mealtimes.
• Not staying in bed during the day.
• Using bright light therapy in the morning and taking melatonin at bedtime.
• Making sure the room is dark and quiet at night.
DID YOU KNOW?
Irregular sleep pattern affects your mental and physical health in the long run.