Sleep disorders are unfortunately an everyday part of the life for millions of Americans, resulting in billions of dollars in economic loss each year. The range of sleep disorders, however, is very broad and if some people simply have nightmare and occasional disturbed sleep, others suffer from chronic insomnia and lack of proper sleep for weeks, months and even years. And if left untreated, these problems may affect the entire life of a person, resulting in serious health conditions and the inability to perform everyday tasks normally.
Having a good rest and healthy sleep is a natural necessity of the body for being refreshed and restored from stress and activity of the previous day. It is estimated that an average adult requires about 8 hours of sleep every day in order to feel perfectly refreshed from both the psychological and physiological perspectives. Of course, most of people these days believe that eight hours of sleep is a luxury they can't afford, depriving themselves from the needed sleep in order to enjoy different activities (work, socializing, etc.) The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that more than 40 million Americans experience different types of sleep disorders every year, a large part of which is not even diagnosed and left untreated. Many people will either leave the condition as it is, hoping it won't develop into a chronic one, while others will use over-the-counter pills or order such prescription sleeping aids as Ambien online without their doctor's consent.
Types of sleep disorders
Before you go to your doctor to request Ambien prescription or any other treatment, try to define the actual sleep disorder you have. It is important for defining the right treatment option and will make it easier for you personally to be calm about your situation. Here are some of the most common sleep disorders millions of Americans suffer each year:
Sleep apnea: this disorder is characterized by shallow or interrupted breathing during sleep that causes for the person to wake up regularly. Known to many as heavy snoring, this is in fact a serious health problem that can result in a stroke. If you happen to experience sleep apnea, don't hesitate to consult with your doctor concerning a treatment, because the problem can have more serious consequences.
Disturbed sleep: in this case the sleep is interrupted during the night either by the problems in the windpipe (apnea) or neurological problems that make it hard for the muscles to relax. It is quite common in older people, who find it harder to fall asleep and wake up regularly during the night.
Insomnia: this is the inability to sleep or even fall asleep. Some people with insomnia manage to fall asleep but wake up too early without getting enough rest and can't manage to sleep again. Others can fall asleep at all. This is a serious condition that results in loss of concentration, irritability, drowsiness and more serious health problems. Drugs like Ambien are usually effective in such cases. However, before you buy Ambien or any other sleeping aid, consult with your doctor.
Narcolepsy: is the opposite of insomnia as it's characterized by having trouble with staying awake. A person suffering from narcolepsy can fall asleep any time of the day without even realizing that he or she is sleeping.
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Added: June 27, 2010