Sleep is very important to be able to function during the day.
Overall, it affects the mind and body greatly. Just think of all your daily task and try doing them sleep deprived. Sleep plays an integral part in healing and repairing of your heart and blood vessels. Sleep deprivation usually increases risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.
People that are sleep deprived find it hard to do their daily activities because often times, they sleep during the day or are mentally exhausted due to lack of sleep.
In some cases, the sleep deprivation along with not being able to accomplish daily tasks, can sure lead to some mood disorders, such as depression. So it would be easy to form a dependence on sleep medications.
What are sleep disorders?
Sleep disorders are interruptions caused by the mind or body during sleep. It is any disorder that disrupts your normal sleep patterns. The most common sleep disorders are snoring and insomnia. Then there is sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and sleepwalking.
Snoring is considered one of the milder sleep disorders. While sleepwalking is taken very serious, due to the sleeping mind state the sleepwalker can put themselves in a dangerous situation.
Insomnia is a very common sleeping disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep, even when tired. It occurs usually for a few days in mild cases, then the body the corrects itself naturally and people return to their normal sleep patterns. In severe cases it may be chronic, usually lasting more than three weeks.
Sleep medication treatment.
Most sleep disorder diagnosis are often treated with prescription medication but numbers show that many become dependent on it. There are many options for prescription sleep medications.
It must be very difficult to live sleep deprived all the time. That your sleep problems cause you to be late for work or school. That you may feel neglectful as a parent. This is why many of those that are victims to sleep deprivation, quickly embrace any kind of treatment. They become so desperate for a quick fix.
These are called Hypnotics/Sedatives mainly because they have a sedating effect to them. They work by increasing the activity of gamma-minobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are made and released by nerves that attach to receptors on other nerves and serve as a means of communication between nerves. Increase in GABA activity in the brain produces drowsiness and facilitates or maintain sleep.
There is a positive ideation that goes along with taking prescription medication. People think less of them because they were ordered by a doctor. Not knowing the dangers of side effects and adverse reaction to the mind and body, especially when they weren’t prescribed for the user.
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