[dropcap]F[/dropcap]eeling sleepy in the afternoon is a common com plaint that many people have. However, if you constantly feel sleepy throughout the day , there could be some underlying health problem that you need to identify .
When you don’t get adequate sleep, it has a negative impact on your health you could suffer from obesity , high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, dementia and even heart ailments. If you think that getting five to six hours of sleep every night (or at times even lesser), is enough, you’re inviting some serious trouble in the long run. A person needs at least seven to eight hours of shut-eye every night.
Sleepiness during the day could result from a number of causes. These include constantly travelling, working odd shifts, not getting enough sleep or sleeping at different hours each night. These things upset your body’s natural sleep rhythms and lead to daytime sleepiness.
Experts say that when you get enough sleep but still feel drowsy during the day , you could be suffering from a sleep disorder.
So, the first thing you need to do is figure out which out you’re lacking in. Do you notice any of the following signs? Waking up repeatedly during the night and finding it difficult to fall asleep.
– It takes you more than 45 minutes to an hour to fall asleep on most nights.
– Feeling sleepy despite taking sev eral short naps during the day.
– Fighting sleep during work hours.
– Snoring so loudly that it disturbs your partner.
– Jerking your arms or legs in your sleep or feeling as if you’re free-falling.
– Insomnia is a common complaint amongst several people.Symptoms are characterised by difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep for too long.
– Sleep apnea causes a break in breathing, snoring, choking or gasping. When you constantly stop breathing, it lowers your oxygen supply and this interferes with your sleep.
– Ever felt the urge to move your legs in sudden jerks while you’re lying down? Restless Legs Syndrome causes you to twitch your legs repeatedly while you’re asleep.