As a mid-aged adult with four children, I can count many sleepless nights. Some of the scariest moments have been while driving a long distance. On a trip to Florida I had 3 children along with myself as the only driver. The trip was approximately sixteen hours. The night prior to the trip I went to bed at a decent hour and waking having about nine good hours of sleep. During the trip about twelve hours in, I felt like I needed to stop and rest as I began seeing things, such as black spots or animals running in front of me. I tried to roll the windows down to get some fresh air but it only worked for a moment. I had children in the car who were all resting and the smartest thing for me to do was to pullover as it could be very dangerous driving under those conditions. I pulled over for a few hours and woke to begin driving again only to find that the 2 hours were just not enough to go the remaining 4 hours. I believe I may have fallen asleep at the wheel as I jerked and woke. I immediately pulled over and resting until the following morning and woke feeling lousy, like a cloudy head feeling. I felt as my energy level was compensated from the lack of sleep and the intervals of sleep that I did get. I suppose that sleeping in a van was not the most comfortable place to sleep and it seemed I tossed and moved every ten minutes during that time. After arriving to my destination I was still cloudy and I felt worn out it took until the following day after a good night’s rest in a bed before I had my full mind and energy as I know it to be.
I have listed four of the common sleeping disorders, but there are many, Insomnia, Sleep apnea, Narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome. Insomnia is described when one has difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep. Sleep apnea is described as a condition when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep as they stop breathing many times;...
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