Top Sleep issues from over 200 Reddit users on r/sleep

Sleep Issues from Reddit

Sleep Disorders and user commentaries

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – The National Sleep Foundation. Recently, we looked at the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD) , and its science on sleep disorder categorization. We also interviewed and read through complains of Top Reddit users and the sleep issue they had. We categorized the sleep disorders based on the symptoms by ICSD, and shared quotation.

Top Sleep Disorders

The goal is to share these issues so you can look and understand possible cause and solution. As a sleep specialist and practioner of Yoga Nidra I understand the importance of sleep. Here is me and my team delving into the sleepscape of r/sleep.

We’ve uncovered tales of battling insomnia from over 200 Reddit champs, discover hilarious bedtime tales and sleep improvement hacks. Sleep disorders like insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea affect the quality, amount, and timing of sleep, impacting both mental and physical health. Fear not, treatments exist to aid your quest for restful slumber!

Reasons for Insomnia
Reasons for Insomnia

Insomnia is the top reason for sleep issues

Extended Insomnia: Top Sleep Issue on Reddit

A 19-year-old female on Reddit Reports
She has previously faced issues falling asleep but not for extended periods.
She has resorted to using various medications such as Xanax, sleep aids, melatonin, and Dramamine.
She recognizes that the issue might be psychological as she was sleeping fine before the past week.
She is considering seeing a doctor if the issue persists.

Sleep Disorder from Cleveland Clinic

Body Aches and Tiredness

  • The individual wakes up with body aches, especially in the Achilles region.
  • They have tried changing their bed frame, using a hybrid mattress, and different pillows.
  • Despite the changes, the aches persist.
  • They also feel extremely tired in the evenings and often fall asleep unintentionally.
  • They suspect that their pillow might be causing problems as they’ve had pain in the left ear and shooting pains down the neck.
  • They sleep on their side but often switch to their stomach, which might contribute to the issue.

Disrupted Circadian Rhythm:

  • The individual’s circadian rhythm is severely disrupted.
  • They feel most awake from 9 pm to 5 am.
  • Waking up at 7:30 am feels like they are in the middle of REM sleep.
  • They often sleep for a few hours after work from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Various methods like meditation, journaling, light exposure, teas, limiting screen time, and reading haven’t helped.
  • Melatonin makes them fall asleep too late, making them even more tired in the morning.

Quotes from Reddit Users on Sleep

  1. “I haven’t been able to fall asleep without taking medicine or being absolutely exhausted for a week.”
  2. “It’s now been a week since my (19F) first night of trouble with sleeping.”
  3. “For the record, I’ve had issues in the past of not being able to fall asleep at night, but usually it’s just a night or two, never this long before.”
  4. “Last Friday night I set an alarm for Saturday at 8am for a softball tournament.”

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