By: Eric Stengle, Founder of Family Sleep Diagnostics
The professionals at Family Sleep Diagnostics provide comprehensive sleep management services including consultations, sleep studies, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Our aim is to keep people informed about any contributing factors that might be preventing them from getting optimal sleep quality and quantity. These are answers to some of the most common questions that we have gotten from our clients.
- Why am I experiencing daytime sleepiness? There are several factors that can influence your energy level throughout the day. These include diet and exercise, stress and anxiety management, sleep disorders, psychological and physiological problems that interrupt your body’s circadian rhythm, and use of drugs, alcohol, or stimulants.
- Is lack of sleep causing my irritability and short-temperedness? Not getting enough sleep can make you feel angry and less able to adapt to frustrating situations. Lack of sleep can also increase negative emotions like sadness and restlessness and decrease positive emotions like happiness and enthusiasm. If you lose sleep regularly, the brain will not be able to cope as well, and high stress will continue to negatively impact your mood.
- Why do I need caffeine (coffee or soda) every day to feel awake? Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant that increases your overall energy levels by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain that cause sleepiness. A small amount of caffeine early in the day should be fine for most people and won’t interrupt your quality of sleep at night. But you have a problem if you have gotten stuck in the pattern of having trouble falling asleep at night, not sleeping long enough, and then needing high amounts of caffeine to get you through the day. If this is the case, lowering your caffeine intake will make you feel more tired during the day, which should begin to lead to a better overall quality of sleep at night. Then, in time, you will feel more awake during the day without using excess caffeine.
- Can I sleep too much? The “right” amount of sleep will vary somewhat from person to person. It is known that sleep is a time when the body restores and repairs itself, with 7 to 9 hours being optimal for most people. There is a possibility that you can be oversleeping, which might lead to some health complications. Factors such as alcohol, medication, or psychological problems might cause you to oversleep.
- Why do I keep waking up in the middle of the night? Almost everyone will wake up from time to time during the night. For most people, the cause is short-lived, like needing to urinate or get something to drink. However, waking up frequently during the night will interrupt your sleep and could be an indication of a psychological problem, physiological problem, or a sleep disorder.
Do you suffer from poor quality sleep or tiredness during the day? Are you suffering from any kind of sleep disorder? If yes, we can help. You can reach us at Family Sleep Diagnostics or give us a call at (972) 714-0011.