Snoring, grinding your teeth, talking and other sleep behaviors can be such a nightmare. If you believe that you are not having these problems, you might actually be suffering from these behaviors without your knowledge. Here are 6 common sleep problems that anyone can have in their sleep, their consequences, and remedies to deal with them.
1 / Snoring:
Snoring is very common and can occur regardless of age and gender. However, men and overweight individuals tend to snore more. Snoring not only affects yourself but also those around you at night.
When we sleep, the throat muscles will relax, and the tongue will fall backward, so the throat will be narrower than usual. When we breathe, the walls of the throat will vibrate, and these vibrations lead to the characteristic sound of snoring. The narrower the throat is, the greater the vibration and the louder your snore.
Causes of snoring including abnormality in respiratory structures, airway-related diseases (allergies, rhinitis, pharyngitis, etc.). Aging process can also cause the throat muscles to age quickly and lead to snoring. Using alcohol and muscle relaxants in the evening will make snoring more serious. People with obesity often snore due to the fatty tissue accumulating in the neck and causing the airway to narrow.
To improve this situation, you need to improve your lifestyle, limit the use of alcohol and tobacco, exercise regularly to avoid obesity. If you wake up tired, or wake up during the night due to snoring, you should see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
2 / Sleeping with open eyes
Usually, we often cannot identify ourselves with sleeping problems until we have people sleeping together. If you often wake up with dry, rough, uncomfortable eyes and cannot see things clearly, you may have slept with your eyes open. When prolonged, your eyes are very vulnerable to infection which can even lead to vision loss and other severe eye diseases.
Eyelids close at night when we sleep to protect the eyes, under the eyelids will have a thin layer of tears, which helps to moisturize the eyes, and remove dust particles and bacteria. When the muscles controlling the eyelids are weak or paralyzed due to burn scars, surgery, wounds, strokes and some other diseases, it will cause the individual to sleep with their eyes open.
You should see your doctor for the most appropriate improvement for your condition. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops, artificial tears or eye ointment to protect your eyes. You can also increase the humidity in your bedroom to help reduce dry eyes.
3 / Teeth grinding:
Teeth grinding does not cause serious consequences. However, if you have been grinding your teeth often for a long time, your jaw and teeth will be greatly affected which can negatively affect the surface of your teeth and or even the dislocations of the temporomandibular joint.
When we are stressed, angry, or face negative emotions, we tend to grind our teeth more often. In addition, jaw abnormalities such as dislocated teeth also cause teeth grinding.
You should limit or cut down on caffeine-based foods and drinks, such as coffee, chocolate, and avoid alcoholic drinks. Before going to sleep, try relaxing the jaw by applying a warm, moist cloth to the jaw position near the ear.
4 / Bedwetting
Bedwetting is quite common in young children, but it is quite a nuisance in adults. This may be a sign of some health problems such as partial urinary obstruction due to kidney stones or bladder stones, small bladder, diabetes, prostate, side effects of drugs, neurological disorders etc.
You should see a specialist to get an accurate diagnosis. Before going to the examination, you should prepare a note with information about the frequency, amount and symptoms of your situation so that the doctor has a more general view.
5 / Drooling
This is one of the common sleep disorders that makes many of us afraid to sleep with others. In addition, drooling also causes dehydration, dry mouth and lips etc.
Some of the causes of drooling are sleeping on your side or stomach, obstructed airway due to fever or sleep apnea, which makes you breathe through your mouth during your sleep, sinus infections, sore throat etc.
You should change your sleeping position, use good support pillows and mattresses to ensure that your neck and head feel comfortable, drink enough water to keep your mouth moist so that your salivary glands don’t have to overwork. Also, you should see a doctor to be diagnosed and prescribed medications for respiratory diseases.
6 / Sleep-talking
Just like snoring, we often won’t notice ourselves sleep-talking when we sleep. Each person sleep-talks differently, you can say a few words, many sentences, utter unknown words or even speak in another language. Sleep-talking can happen in everyone, in which the ratio of men and young children is higher.
The reason is often related to psychological problems such as stress, anxiety or other physical health problems like flu, lack of sleep, consuming alcohol etc. People with a history of sleep apnea or frequently having nightmares, sleepwalking usually have a higher risk of sleep-talking. However, the exact cause of sleep-talking has not yet been determined.
Generally speaking (no pun intended), it is a harmless condition, but it affects people whom you sleep with. You should try relaxing your mind, reduce stress, limit alcohol use to improve this situation. Besides, you can encourage other sleepers to wear earplugs while sleeping. If you are too stressed out and sleep-talk constantly, you should go to your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Hopefully, the information will help you and your loved ones to sleep well and peacefully!
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