As our lives become busier and busier, our ability to control our downtime is slipping away from our grasp. The true effect on our social and work life is often beyond our consciousness. Even when being conscious is the problem.
Your age, lifestyle, environment and diet all play a part in influencing the amount of sleep you need but what happens when controlling your behaviour patterns lead to further issues.
Insomnia is characterised by a persistent difficulty in falling asleep and/or staying asleep, sleep of poor quality. Late nights and early mornings leaving you irritable and unable to deal with day to day life.
It can cause psychological and physical health problems and in some cases has been known to break down relationships and effect your career.
Although there is no single cause for insomnia, many doctors have advised a reduction of different stimulants such as exercise and “blue screens” to encourage better bedtime habits.
One of those good habits is a regular sleep routine, tracking sleep and exercise. However, a new sleep disorder has arisen from our obsessive pursuit of a good night’s sleep!
“‘Orthosomnia,’ with ‘ortho’ meaning straight or correct, and ‘somnia’ meaning sleep” is affecting many people who track their movements including their sleep using these new smart watches.
However this is no “sleep disorder” rather than a obsession with the data collected while they are tracking.
Self-diagnosed sleep disorders and sleep related issues are becoming more common, due to the lack of knowledge regarding our “normal” sleeping patterns.
There are 5 stages of a sleep cycle. Many people misinterpret some of those stages for no sleep or broken sleep.
Each stage will last different periods of time with the fourth stage (An average of 90 minutes) being the time your body goes into a state of paralysis.
It’s only in this time your body and brain truly relax.
Stages 1- 4 are known as NREM sleep (non-rapid eye movement) and stage 5 REM sleep (Rapid eye movement sleep).
These stages are normal and everyone will go through them while resting.
Combating the sleep disorders
As well as the old fashioned advice of 8 hours sleep and no TV or exercise before bed, try to eat at a sensible time and give your body that extra time to wind down. Blue screens are renowned to stimulate our brains so avoid anything with a screen including your phone.
Also don’t rely on the data and tracking from movement sensor devices. Your body is more than capable of letting you know when it’s time to rest. It will only let you get what you need, assisted with a little help from good bedtime habits!
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