[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]S[/su_dropcap]leep issues can range from simple to complicated, behavioral to clinical. Whether a particular sleep issue is temporary or chronic can depend on a number of factors. Here is the best place to start:
1. Ask the right questions
First, reflect on these questions: How long has this problem existed? What is your personal history of poor sleep? How often does this particular issue occur (daily, weely, etc)? A bit more information is required in order to provide a thorough and accurate response. But, lets go ahead and respond to the spirit of the question, ‘how do I know if it will ever get better?’.
2. Give it the proper attention
If this is the first time you are faced with a sleeping problem, give it the attention it deserves. Sleep is crucial to the function of our minds and body; without it, we break down, physically, mentally, and emotionally. A useful method to analyze your sleep habits would be to record and maintain a sleep diary for a period of time; we recommend at least 2 weeks. The critical data points record the quality of your sleep include the time you go to bed, the time you wake up in the morning, and how often you wake in the course of the night. Look for phone apps online, such as SleepBot and Sleep Cycle Alarm, to record your sleep, digitally.
3. Find help
Once you have a record of your sleep, you may consider visiting a specialist to discern the severity and cause of your sleep problem. Sleep issues caused by stress would have a very different prescription than issues caused by sleep apnea or insomnia. Even recognizing that you do not feel refreshed in the morning may indicate a potentially serious health problem. Consult a Sleep Health practitioner familiar with sleep issues.
But, lets go ahead and respond to the spirit of the question, ‘how do I know if it will ever get better?’. If you suffer from a sleeping problem and you cannot deal with it yourself, it is time to find help. When you seek out help, your chances of resolving your sleep issue significantly increases. You may get lost in the sea of information online, but it is always beneficial to review sleep best practices. A sleep specialists will be able to determine if your sleep issue is a result of poor sleep hygiene, such as drinking alcohol prior to bed or a medical issue such as sleep apnea.
Whatever the cause, avoid sleeping pills. Be skeptical of any expert that recommends sleeping pills as a solution to any sleep issue. Sleeping pills can address certain symptoms of sleeplessness, but they do not address the root cause and are not a long-term solution. Get to the root of your sleep problem. Find a specialist. Good luck.
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