Sleep Disorders in Adults (cont.)
The part that sleeps well includes, surprisingly, senior citizens, many of whom actually slept more and felt better during the daytime than many of their younger population.
For the first time the American Sleep Foundation created profiles of sleepers in the poll. What was very interesting about the half that did not sleep well is that there were three groups of such people:
The point that I'd like to make about the people that don't sleep well is that very often the cause is lifestyle. It is their work, their schedule, their overindulging in caffeine, and in one group it is medical conditions. The last group was more likely to have sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome as well.
I am worried that I have sleep apnea. I do wake up sometimes, but feel it's my snoring that did it. By the way, I am NOT overweight at all. I have been doing this for several years. I am single, so don't have a partner to pay attention to any stopped breathing.
What should I say to my primary care provider? I talked to him already, and he dismisses it as allergies and says the snoring is just from that. He gave me Zyrtec.
People with neurological disorders may also have excessive movements when they are sleeping, and these movements may also actually result in sleepiness during the daytime. This is something else that should be picked up in the sleep test.
People should also remember that sleep is controlled by the brain, and a condition that affects the brain may also lead to sleepiness.
Finally, people should be aware of the fact that their medications may be the source of the problem. When I say medications, I don't mean just prescribed, but also over-the-counter medications which may be making them sleepier. This might include, for example, some antihistamines.
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