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Most Common Sleep Issues for Men:
How, What, and Why
The Daily Doze
In our society, sleep is placed at the bottom of the list of priorities. With the demands on our time every day, men often sacrifice sleep to work on other ‘more important matters’ in work and life.
This lack of perceived importance must change. Sleep should not take the back seat! Recent studies and research have confirmed how vital sleep is to one’s overall health and well-being. Taking rest for granted can lead to more severe and long-term issues physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Men are often unaware of their sleep conditions -- and the severity of it. This may be due to a handful of factors: life changes, a lack of awareness, work or life demands, bad habits, and medical conditions. Certain medications can also affect you from getting quality sleep, making you jittery and keeping you up at night. With the various different factors affecting sleep quality, it’s important to be aware, and to identify the root cause of your sleep problems.
Unfortunately, despite men being ‘fixers’ or ‘problem solvers’, men are also less likely than women to seek help to remedy sleep issues. Men are observed to be in a ‘state of denial’ and are more reluctant to see a sleep specialist or doctor. They usually actively participate only at their partner’s insistence.
Get to know the most commonly diagnosed sleep issues for men to recognize and solve them:
Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Most men believe snoring is naturally occurring and a true sign of masculinity -- but snoring could be a sign of a more serious respiratory issue. When it’s chronic and severe with gasps and snorts, it can be a cause of concern.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep -- the muscles inside the throat relax as you sleep, and this keeps air from getting into the lungs. These momentary pauses in breathing can briefly awaken you and disrupt your sleep. Sleep apnea makes it hard for you to sleep at night and concentrate during the day. If left untreated, it could put one at risk of heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Men are twice as likely as women to suffer from sleep apnea, and the risk tends to increase as you age. Being overweight and having a large neck size increases the probability of fatty tissue in your throat blocking the airway, causing loud snoring due to this partial blockage of the airway during sleep.
To treat sleep apnea, avoid sleeping on a mattress that restricts circulation. MajesticBeds provides the right solutions to alleviate pressure through ample support. Through pressure mapping, one can address specific areas of the body to treat or alleviate symptoms related to sleep apnea
Narcolepsy is a condition where people suffer extreme sleepiness during the day. It occurs in both men and women, but is slightly more common among men.
Narcolepsy sufferers are so tired they might fall asleep at any time. These ‘sleep attacks’ can happen while eating, working, walking, or driving. Narcolepsy is a lifelong condition but can be controlled, however it does not get better without treatment.
Other Sleep Issues
Insomnia and sleep problems can intensify when poor sleep habits are not addressed. It requires an active and purposeful plan to tackle one’s sleep problems or issues.
Social schedules, busy work demands, and modern work arrangements, such as rotating work and night shifts, can cause you to delay sleep or forego sleep. One can improve sleep by doing light therapy and maintaining circadian rhythm cycles to fix one’s internal body clock. Finally, lying on the right sleep surface that provides support and improves posture can enhance sleep. MajesticBeds can help you find the right solutions depending on your symptoms.
Learn to Sleep Better
Knowledge is power. Learning more about better sleep will help you find and make the adjustments that will work for you. Check out our other blog posts to enrich your awareness of sleep:
- His vs. Her: Sleep Needs Differ Between Men and Women
- Sleeping Habits of Top Athletes: Lessons from Lomas Brown
- Sleep and Menopause: Sleep Tips for Women over 50
Our Majestic Beds Team Sleep Experts would be more than happy to advise you about relieving pain or discomfort and getting a better night’s sleep. We can help you find the best solution to your sleep needs.
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