3 Common Sleep Disorders
People are just not getting enough sleep, says Dr. Helen Driver, a somnologist and assistant professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. “As a society, we’re chronically sleep-deprived.” Just look at our dependence on alarm clocks (if we slept enough, we wouldn’t need them) and caffeine (ditto).
Dr. Driver says we’re increasingly relying on data from health-tracking devices to tell us whether we’ve had enough rest when all we need to do is check in with how we feel. “If you wake up with a headache and you’re grumpy and dragging yourself through the day, the first thing you need to ask is ‘Did I get enough sleep last night?'”
When it comes to sleep, quantity and quality are equally important – if either one suffers, it can affect everything from blood sugar to brain function. “We now know that sleep plays a role in whole brain and body well-being,” says Dr. Driver. And, according to the 2016 Canadian Sleep Review, we all crave more of it – the national survey found 87 percent of us would pay up to $500 for a week’s worth of restful sleep.
Fortunately, no matter what it is that’s keeping you up at night, there’s a solution. Here are three common sleep saboteurs and what you can do to put them to rest.