Non 24, How common is sleep disorder in the young (18-24)
There is nothing that a hard working person wants more than to go home at night after a long day of work and fall soundly to sleep and sleep the night through. Unfortunately, there are many people who do not have this result during bedtime. Some people struggle with the ability to fall right to sleep or to sleep at all or even to stay asleep during the night. This issue is referred to as insomnia. Insomnia can have many effects on one’s quality of life and how they live their life daily. In Australia, insomnia is present in about one third of the people and it is reported that only about five percent of the people obtain professional assistance on treating their insomnia.
Insomnia can last for a short or long period of time. It can be experienced for months or even years but it is quite commonly observed in women and elderly people. In some cases, insomnia has shown to occur for no apparent reason at all, but typically there are many reasons why the issue occurs. Some of the main reasons are as follows:
- The most common issue is poor sleep habits. Poor sleeping habits have a significant impact on sleep.
- The intake of certain substances has a direct impact on sleep, such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and some types of prescription medications.
- Stressors about money, relationships and loss of any type can cause sleeping issues to occur.
- Medical issues that cause pain, breathing, urinary and/or digestive issue.
- Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
- Being older in age
- Sleeping disorders that includes sleep apnea periodic limb movement and restless leg syndrome.
- People who work varying shifts on an often basis than people who have regular schedules
Insomnia vary in its severity and types. There are multiple types of insomnia that people can experience. Types of insomnia are outlined to include:
- Acute insomnia last for a short time. A few days or weeks and may be due to stress or life changing events. Most people with this type of insomnia overcome the symptoms naturally.
- Chronic insomnia occurs for three nights or longer in a week over a month timespan or longer. This type is often associated with sleeping disorders anxiety and sometimes pregnancy.
- Primary insomnia involves not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep with no definitive cause identified.
- Secondary insomnia is caused normally by normal health conditions, depression, sleep disorders and/or anxiety.
- Delayed sleep phase syndrome is a long term problem with getting to sleep up until early hours. These people stay up all night and may sleep in all day. This type of insomnia may cause sleep deprivation, especially for people who need to get up early in the morning and cannot sleep all day.
Insomnia also includes having difficulty getting to sleep, waking up during the night and falling back to sleep with trouble and waking up from sleep earlier than what was intended.
It is wise that people who plan on seeking help for their insomnia maintain a sleep diary, to help track their sleep and the symptoms they experience during those times. Because about 33-45 percent of Australian people have poor sleeping habits, these poor sleeping habits can manifest and put people at risk for lower productivity and mentally unsafe behaviors. Some researchers found that 44 percent of the adults that toned into the internet before they went to bed, every night and 59 percent of the people who work later shifts into the night and surf the web or watch movies have a higher likelihood of having two or more sleeping disorders. Taking this into account, further acclaim that people are less productive, less safe and less likely to be a nice good working and foster a family environment because their moods are affected by their lack of adequate sleep.
People tend to deal with their insomnia instead of seeking proper treatment. General practitioners will refer people to specialist and therapist that can aid in managing insomnia. Treatment for insomnia is rarely sought out, but in Australia there are options available online that are very cost effective. Some of these online treatments have been tested and proven to help people in Australia. Such programs available online are self-guided books and kits that walks people through a program using tools to help improve their sleep.