A Home Test To Determine If You Have A Sleeping Problem
Do you think you may have a sleeping problem like so many others do? You may be wondering if you are getting enough sleep at night? No one knows how much sleep you really need, it varies from person to person. What matters is how you feel when you wake up. Do you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed? Do you feel energetic? Are you able to concentrate on your everyday tasks? If so, you may not have a sleeping problem at all.
However, if you identify with the following statements, your sleeping problem could have to do with either falling asleep or staying asleep:
If you feel you need help, talk to your health care provider. He may refer you to a sleep clinic where they will monitor your sleep patterns. This is the most accurate way to ascertain the type and quality of your sleep. This study can also quantify exactly how much sleep you do get. The data obtained during this study can be of tremendous value to your physician when prescribing the appropriate treatment, particularly if you're diagnosed with a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. While spending only one night in a sleep lab, the brain wave measurement tests used today are able to tell whether the patient is asleep, what stages of sleep the patient is in, and the duration of sleep.
If you don't have a sleeping problem but are curious as to what your sleep requirements are, you can find out by conducting your own test in the privacy of your own home. The best time to start conducting such a test would be on a holiday weekend or some other time when you are not so pressured for time, not stressed out, or are not required to follow a fixed routine. The process is simple. It is designed to pinpoint what time you would wake if you could respond only to your own needs.
Every night for two weeks, go to bed at the same time, keeping a note of how long it took you to fall asleep and what time you woke up. You should not use an alarm clock to wake up. By following these instructions, you should be able to establish your natural "wake up" time. Don't be surprised if you sleep longer than you typically do for the first couple of days. If you've been working harder than normal or getting less sleep for some reason, your body may need a while to make up that deficit.
After a period of two weeks, you should notice an overall sleep pattern developing, and you can figure out more accurately what time you should be going to bed and how much sleep you actually require. You should then make the appropriate changes in your sleeping habits. You might find that it is taking 1-1/2 hours to finally get to sleep at night, which could indicate a circadian rhythm problem. If this is true in your case, you might just want to go to bed later instead of trying to fight your biological clock.
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