Aging is undeniably a continuous and unstoppable life cycle process of growing older not only physically but mentally. The aging process poses a possible threat to increase illnesses and associated disabilities like health issues, anxiety and stress that are common nowadays.
Proper treatment of physical and mental health problems with the help of doctors, therapists and mental health professionals with support from family as they grow older will be beneficial for appropriate care of themselves.
Since many people suffer from an irregular body-clock, there’s the occurrence of inconsistent sleep-wake cycles. Sometimes, it is due to the environment, job requirements, as well as mental and emotional state. Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake disorder or also known as “body-clock disorder” can account to many sleep problems such as insomnia, sleep paralysis, health deficiency, and so on.
Sleep is a critical factor in our long-term health and well being: studies show that it can play an important role in extending health and longevity and lack of sleep, in turn, can pose serious health consequences as we age. — Michael J Breus Ph.D.
Types Of Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorder
Delayed Phase Sleep Disorder – It is a condition where a person tends to have a hard time getting sleep. Typically, the sleepiness occurs between 1 and 6 am despite the best effort to get some rest and settle down to bed even hours earlier. And because a person falls asleep late, he’s naturally driven to sleep until late morning or early afternoon. Delayed phase sleep disorder becomes a problem when there’s an inflexible duty or task in the morning.
I believe the restoration of more natural rhythmic structures in our lives is a most critical and overlooked component in the treatment of depression. — Rubin Naiman Ph.D.
Advanced Phase Sleep Disorder – A person with advanced phase sleep disorder, on the other hand, experience the opposite. There’s trouble of keeping oneself awake. Most of the time, it’s difficult for him to keep his eyes open and always feel the need to go to bed. Though it may not seem to cause a problem, it does on some people. Let’s say you get home from work and fall asleep on the couch at 7 pm and wake up at 11. There’s a tendency that you won’t be able to go back to sleep until 3 to 4 am. Since the sleeping order becomes choppy, the energy becomes insufficient.
Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder – It is a condition where a person has a longer 24-hour body-clock. Usually, an individual suffering from this condition goes to bed later and later every single night. From there, he creates a new set of sleep time-frame where there’s no automatic procedure. The body is not adaptive to any factors such as noise and light. The person with this condition can either choose to be awake or asleep anytime they want. That’s due to the developed complete day-night reversal.
Shift Work Sleep Disorder – The condition where excessive sleepiness and insomnia affects a person’s daily function. That’s because it overlaps with the typical sleep period one has to complete. Shift workers often sleep in odd hours making them experience insomnia along with other digestive problems. In some studies, shift work sleep disorder can lead to diabetes, different stages of cancer, and other mental health issues.
We can observe the importance of circadian function to human health by the disruption that occurs as a result of crossing multiple time zones (jet lag), and by working at night and sleeping by day (“the night shift”). — Leslie E. Korn Ph.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, NTP
Jet Lag – Jet lag or clinically known as “desynchronosis” is a collection of symptoms from traveling with different time zones. It is a result of circadian rhythm disruption. It is a condition where time affects the person and ruins its normal sleep cycle. Usually, when an individual has jet lag, his body temperature becomes messed up. Therefore, most functions of his body begin to either explode when reaching high levels of energy or deteriorate when too much in use.
These disorders interrupt the natural progression of sleep which can cause a severe problem in the long run. Primarily, it’s due to disruptive habits and lifestyle factors of the modern world.
In my view, the mental health field has largely ignored understanding what healthy thinking, emotions, spirit and behavior should look like in our 21st Century world of rapid change, interconnection, constant flux and unpredictability. — Douglas LaBier Ph.D.
Notwithstanding the modernization that the world undergoes daily, it remains nice to recall the proverbs that your ancestors used to live by. One of those famous sayings states that knowledge equates to power. Its exact origin is still debatable. Others claim it’s from an old Arabic book. Some believe it’s Francis Bacon’s – yet the effect is the same for everyone.
Beyond the intellect, however, these words should motivate you to understand people better, especially the kids. It’s a lesser known truth that adults’ mental disorders may stem out of their undetected childhood illnesses. These usually start with a type of emotional disturbance, so it’s hard to dismiss the child’s tantrums or lack of interest to mingle with others.
Finding the opportunity in the obstacle can set the stage for bringing some hopefulness and relief to emotional pain. — Nicole Sartini-Cprek, LPCC
Marriage life, as you may know through experience or association with married people, isn’t filled with harmony and laughter every day. There will be clashes along the way, but you can expect that from two individuals with independent views. What’s vital is that you kiss and makeup at the end of it. Otherwise, the union will fail, and the next time you see each other may be in front of a judge, fighting over who’s psychologically incapable of handling a relationship or who’ll get which property.
Dreaming of being and working to become successful are two diverse yet equally important things. You won’t know what path to take if there isn’t any objective set in stone right from the beginning. Likewise, you can’t fulfill your wishes without taking an initiative to bring them to reality.
People who experienced painful relationships growing up have been trained to expect hurtful experiences with others. — Alex Afram, PhD
No one can envision the inner strength of a human being when he or she experiences their proudest moment. It becomes visible once they’re facing stress, a mental illness, a chronic disorder, or other devastating situations.
Whether it’s your first, second or nth time being in a bad breakup, the feeling of loss will always come. You usually can’t do your regular chores well. Instead, you just want to curl up on your bed or eat a truckful of ice cream.
Depression is a mental ailment that every member of the family may acquire over time. It doesn’t pick a certain age, to be honest, because even children are diagnosed with this disorder. Fame and wealth don’t matter either; simply look at the history of celebrities who battled with the disease to realize it.
Attempts to define and treat depressive illnesses are as old as the field of medicine itself and predate the founding of modern scientific psychiatry in the 1800s. — Mark L. Ruffalo D.Psa., L.C.S.W.
Nonetheless, due to the diverse causative agents in nature, one type of depression does not fit all cases. Here are ten kinds to check out right now.
There are certain life instances in which you may feel too defeated to get back on your feet. It may happen if you get terminated from work, your relationship ended, or a loved one passed away. Although these are hard losses, it doesn’t entail that you can’t recover from them.