Stranger Sleeping Things
So, this week was major for me. The roll out of the tool I have been working on with my colleagues for a year and half. A deadline that has been in the back of my head for a long time and was finally there. The weeks leading up to this day my sleeping behavior changed. This triggered my curiosity in dreaming and nightmares yet again. However, before I knew it I was reading one article after another on other sleeping behaviors and disorders. That is when I hit a euphoria moment and have literally found a way to finally justify my unusual sleeping behavior. The restless leg syndrome, something that 5-10% of the population is suffering from. This blog is dedicated to finding out why we have these nightmares, to not drift off completely and what this restless leg syndrome is all about. I will also quickly discuss what teeth grinding is all about. Tune in if you too suffer from this or have an annoying partner that seems to love kicking you in his or her sleep.
I don’t think I need to define nightmares for you. Surely, you have had plenty by now. If you are wondering how I got to this restless leg syndrome by reading about nightmares, here is the answer. Apparently nightmares can be caused by sleep disorders. This includes sleep apnea and there we go restless leg syndrome. Of course, the major source is stress or anxiety. Another cause, which I am guilty off obviously, are late-night snacks as they can signal the brain to be more active. Medications can also contribute to the frequency of nightmares. I might want to stay away from chocolate bars after 22:00 I suppose, it may literally come back to haunt me at night and on the scale. On another note, watching Stranger Things right before bed might also result in nightmares by itself.
Restless Leg Syndrome
The restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move your legs and unpleasant sensations in your legs. It has been described as a throbbing, polling or creeping sensations, but can vary from uncomfortable to painful. Symptoms are usually worse in the evening and at night plus when sitting or lying down. They are relieved by movement, partially or totally varying per person.
I never really though much of my excessive moment when sleeping and kicking. Of course I was aware of the discomfort for my partner and my own (waking up from the pain of kicking my leg against the roof sleeping in the attic during a weekend away for instance), but that was about it. It is just something that was part of my behavior, like grinding my teeth. Until I reached this site with a link about this restless leg syndrome. I cannot describe how good it feels to know I am not alone and cannot be blamed for nightly kicks. Now all I have to do is some additional research on how to reduce the symptoms. Step one seems to be getting my iron intake checked.
Another one of my annoying sleeping habits, teeth grinding. Also another one of the reasons people are not a massive fan of sleeping in the same room, now that my snoring issue is handled. As a child I barely had any teeth left. A source of entertainment for many when my adult teeth came in and I looked like a bunny. I recently discovered one of my tooth has actually changed shape already and my teeth are repositioning.
But what is causing this teeth grinding? It could be stress and anxiety or related to a sleeping disorder. I am sure the stress and anxiety was not apparent when I was little, so it must be something else. I was not the only one with this theory. Researches have studied brains scans of people with partial blockage in their airways while they slept and notices that grinding actually reopened the airway allowing participants to breathe again. Conclusion, I should find something to keep my tongue and jaw from blocking my airway.
Do you have experience with these issues? Or does your partner keep you up at night kicking you or grinding their way through the night? Let us know below as usual!