Special Sleep Issues

Special Sleep Issues


Shiftwork and Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Alternating work shifts can cause a sleep disorder associated with your "internal clock". This clock makes you feel sleepy or alert at regular times every day. Your internal clock tells your body when it is time to sleep and when it is time to be awake. Among other factors, your clock is “set” by your exposure to sunlight.

There are several types of shift work schedules. These include the following:

- Night shifts

- Early-morning shifts

- Rotating shifts

This sleep problem causes you to be severely tired, and can hinder your work performance. This condition usually lasts as long as an individual has a shift schedule. Once you begin sleeping at a normal time again, the problems tend to go away. In some people, the sleep problems may continue even after the shift work schedule has ended.

Women and Sleep

Are you pregnant and snore? Did you know that you may be putting your baby at risk? To read more about pregnancy related sleep issues you can read some of the articles below:

- Snoring, Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension and Growth Retardation of the Fetus

- Sleep disordered breathing and pregnancy

- Sleep disordered breathing in women of childbearing age and pregnancy

- A 26-Year-Old Pregnant Woman with Fatigue and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

Teens and Sleep

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful - even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody and you may perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court and on the field. For example, drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel cause more than 100,000 car crashes every year. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness.