Do you wake up during the night? This might be why...

There's nothing quite like a good night's sleep.

But unfortunately for most Australians, it can be pretty hard to come by.

It's estimated that nearly a third the population suffers from some form of insomnia or disrupted sleep, which is a really big problem.

Sleeping well is essential to a healthy life, so in this article we've outlined three of the most common causes behind sleep disruption to help you identify and eliminate your sleep disorder.

1. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is one of the main causes of sleep disruption, particularly in overweight or elderly people.

The disorder occurs when the soft tissue around the throat collapses, blocking the airway which causes the individual to wake up.

You can usually identify that you have sleep apnea if you wake up with shortness of breath, a cough or a gasp.

2. Restless Legs

This is a disorder which, as the name implies, causes a restlessness or tingling in the legs.

This sensation creates the urge to move the legs which can wake the individual up.

Often this can be felt as a startling sensation upon waking. The disorder can also make it difficult to fall asleep.

3. Stress and Anxiety

Mental health issues can be a significant factor in disrupted sleep.

If the brain is distracted by worries and concerns it can be very difficult to relax to the point of sleeping.

Additionally, anxieties can generate dreams or nightmares which can cause the individual to wake during the night.

Regardless of which disorder you resonate with (or none at all) the reality is this: poor sleep requires medical attention.

If you're not sleeping well, speak to your GP, and get in touch with us.

Chances are, your sleep disruption is having more of an impact on your quality of life than you realise.

Sleep well, live well.

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