Sleep Like a Baby

I am a sound sleeper and it has changed somewhat now after my first child. Not a sound in the world could wake me up from my sleep earlier. Now, I wake up at the slightest movement of my kid. My sleep patterns have changed drastically and I am happy to get a full night’s sleep since the last year.

But I sometimes strain my body without giving it adequate amount of sleep time like when I have some backed up studies and assignments (yes, I am still studying married, mummy, student – multi-tasking superwoman!!!). That is a disaster because I am constantly sleepy the other day and am not productive enough in any work. And I sleep in the afternoon to compensate. Then I can’t fall asleep at night! Tossing and turning! This cycle just goes on till I give myself a much deserved goodnight’s sleep.

My husband, on the other hand falls asleep the moment he lands on the bed! I am sometimes envious of his ability to fall asleep this fast. How is your sleeping pattern? Do you take a long time to sleep or are you a fast sleeper? Do you have any problem like snoring (that could be corrected with the help of a doctor)? Are you a light sleeper or there isn’t a chance you would wake up even if there is a parade going on right outside your house?

There are many common disorders related to sleep and I just found out about them trying to cure my own sleep problems. If you regularly face problems related to your sleep and that is disrupting your daily lives, then you might want to look into some of the sleep disorders and later consult a specialist to help you with it.

How do You Find Out of your sleep disorders?

Answer these questions

  • Do you need coffee or tea throughout the day to keep you going?
  • Do you constantly feel irritable and have serious trouble dealing with your emotions?
  • Do your friends tell you that you look tired?
  • Do you need several naps during the day?
  • Are you having difficulty in concentrating at work?
  • Do you fall asleep watching TV?

If your answer is yes to the above questions, you might have a sleep disorder.

Also Read Common Health Issues

Common Sleep Problems:

  1. Insomnia:

This is the most common disorder. It occurs when you don’t get the required amount of sleep and feel tired, irritable and don’t feel refreshed in the morning. You might have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep resulting in daytime fatigue.

  1. Restless Leg syndrome:

In this disorder you feel an itchy, tingling sensation in your legs which makes it impossible to fall asleep and which might go away when you get up.

  1. Sleep apnea:

In this disorder the breath sometimes stops while you sleep. This happens due to blockage of the upper airways. This leads to waking you up every little while and you feel exhausted during the day time.

  1. Narcolepsy:

It is a disorder in which you feel excessive sleepiness during daytime. This is due to a dysfunction in the mechanism of the brain that controls sleeping and waking. It can make you feel very tired and have sleep attacks anytime while driving, sitting, or doing anything.

  1. Snoring:

Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction in the pathway of the air getting to the lungs. The extra air when comes through the mouth or nose, vibrates the tissues in the back of your throat.

These are some common sleep problems and there are many other sleep problems that can be managed with the help of a specialist.

The snoring disorder is quite common and I have had experience with my father and uncle snoring so loud that I wonder how the ladies sleep besides them! They say it is years of practice! But it definitely has a solution. So, why not give your partner some peace and go get some help from a doctor?

If you don’t sleep enough then you may get a host of health issues lined up and knocking at your door! You cannot have a happy mind if you don’t sleep well. Your mind won’t be productive, happy and your days won’t be as cheerful as they can be. So, help yourself. Get into a routine and manage your sleep properly.

So, you got to “sleep like a baby” to be your best self!

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2 thoughts on “Sleep Like a Baby

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I usually fall asleep right away, but it’s when I wake up in the middle of the night that it’s difficult to get back to sleep. I’ll toss and turn sometimes for up to an hour. That seemed to start when I had my babies. So much sleep disruption, and then I couldn’t get back down once they were. But now they’re teenagers so I can’t use that excuse anymore. 😉

    But I agree, sleep is critical. Lack of it is linked to many things, including obesity and other physical ailments. It benefits us all to practice good sleep hygiene.

    Wonderful post.

    Liked by 1 person

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