Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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What Causes Sleep Deprivation



Sleep Deprivation is caused by a number of factors, which can be categorized as: lifestyle issues, health related issues, medication issues, and clinical sleep disorders. 


Before learning more about the role each of these play in sleep deprivation and other sleep disorders, it is important to be aware of some very common symptoms that indicate you might have a sleep disorder.  These signs include: snoring or waking up choking, inability to fall asleep for a period of several weeks, chronic feeling of tiredness, chest pain or shortness of breath with tiredness. If you have suffered from one or more of these conditions, contact a sleep disorder professional.  Continue reading to learn more about what may be causing these symptoms. 


Lifestyle Issues: The way you live your life has a tremendous impact on the way you sleep at night.  Many sleep disorders are common in people who are overweight, and are often linked to breathing issues.  This results from a lack of aerobic exercise.   Exercise not only works to help weight loss, but also strengthens the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.  Consuming drugs and alcohol alters the chemical functioning in your brain, and can make falling asleep more difficult (if you have taken a stimulant) or can cause an overly deep sleep with unhealthy breathing (if you have taken a depressant). Certain foods either promote or inhibit sleepiness, and sleep can also be affected by what time you eat and the size of your meals.  Staying up late on a regular basis, or failing to establish a regular sleep schedule upsets your circadian rhythm and makes falling asleep very difficult. 


Health Related Issues: Health issues unrelated to sleep disorders can be the cause of sleep deprivation.  Sleep can be affected by physical and mental health conditions.  For example, while physical health problems such as asthma may make sleeping difficult, mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, can lead to insomnia. If you are having trouble sleeping, aren't on any medication, and don't have lifestyle habits that affect your sleep, seek medical attention to identify whether or not you suffer from any other medical condition that may be upsetting your sleep. In most cases, treating the underlying disorder will significantly help to improve your sleep. Many different conditions can have a negative impact on sleep including: ADHD, anxiety, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, immune system disorders, mood disorders, obesity, Parkinson’s PTSD.  If you suffer from any of these conditions, consult with your doctor on how these illnesses can affect your sleep.  


Medication Issues: Some sleep deprivation may be caused by medicine you take.  It can interfere with the natural rhythms of your health and prevent you from sleeping.  Often people will decide to use a sleep medication to overcome their inability to sleep, which may only further complicate their condition.  Most sleep aids are not intended for long-term use and dependence on these medicines only masks the problem rather than solving it.  Sleep deprivation related to medicines should be discussed with a doctor experienced in sleep disorders.  When you start to take a new medication, be aware of its impact on your sleep by keeping a sleep diary.  Determine if the medicine does impact your sleep habits and contact your physician immediately if it does.


Clinical Sleep Disorders:If you suffer from Sleep Deprivation and don’t believe your lifestyle, medicine or unrelated health issues are the cause, you may have a clinical sleep disorder.  There are many, many sleep disorders.  Some of the more common medical disorders include: Sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep paralysis, snoring, nightmares, restless leg syndrome, REM sleep disorder, narcolepsy, sleepwalking and hypersomnia.  Each of these disorders, how to recognize them, how to treat them and how to prevent them will be discussed in more detail on this site.

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