Sleeping difficulty is when there is trouble sleeping at night. It may be hard to fall asleep and one may wake up several times throughout the night. Sleep difficulty may affect the physical and mental health. Lack of sleep may also cause frequent headaches or trouble concentrating.
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SLEEPING DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will first perform a physical exam and gather information about your symptoms and medical history. They will also order various tests, including:
1.Polysomnography: a sleep study that evaluates oxygen levels, body movements, and brain waves to determine how they disrupt sleep
2.Electroencephalogram: a test that assesses electrical activity in the brain and detects any potential problems associated with this activity
3.Genetic blood testing: a blood test commonly used to diagnose narcolepsy and other underlying health conditions that might be causing sleeping problems
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SLEEPING TREATED?
The treatment will centre around creating conditions under which the patient will have less stress and anxiety, so that the patient is able to get a full night’s sleep. Sleep therapy and even medication can be prescribed along with alternative measures like meditation and more for effective treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
As women age, physical and hormonal changes make sleep lighter and less sound. Sleep disturbances become more common during menopause. Women wake up more often at night and are more tired during the day.