Sleeping disorders and athletes

The purpose of this paper is to explore the different types of sleeping disorders there are. Also I am looking at what the effects are of these disorders, whether they are short term, long term or life altering in themselves. The other purpose is to see how athletes can be affected if they do have any sleeping disorder as well.

There are many various types of sleeping disorders. For example, one that we have heard about a lot is sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy (Mosby, 1996). There are also other patterns that cause sleeping problems. These are restless leg syndrome, circadian rhythm disorders, and shift work (Coleman, 1986).

As we continue to learn when researching sleeping disorders, one person can have none, one person can just have one and another person can suffer from two or more. Just because one disorder is treated, does not mean the other will go away or that another one will appear (Simon, 1980). Other fascinating research books and articles talk about how sleep science is an intriguing field that is continuously developing. This field helps us to learn more about sleep and its impact on our health, more knowledge on the sleep disorders and how to treat them properly (Dement, 1992).

There are tons of information on sleep disorders, how they can be caused, what to do to help treat them, if treatable and what the setbacks and potential costs are. These also include the psychophysiology aspect, different studies done to treat people with sleeping disorders, what has been successful, what has not (Andreassi, 1995). All of this information is viable to me because I want to learn more about the disorders, be able to apply the information on sleeping disorders, their potential threats, and how these affect not only a normal human being but how much does it affect a college or professional athlete in general.

An athlete deals with not only playing the game, but everyday practices, conditioning sessions, lifting sessions, and if in college, tutoring sessions, or mandatory study hall hours. Apart from all of that they have practices to attend to everyday and again if in college they have the classes they must attend and maintain good grades in. With all of that taking most of their day up besides the meal parts, one must find discipline in attaining proper eating habits, study habits, and a huge factor sleeping habits. So if one is up for sixteen hours of the day and getting four hours of sleep each night if that, they will function poorly or as we hear the term, ‘’crash.’’ How about an athlete who does suffer from a sleeping disorder? Is there a huge drop-off from an athlete that gets just a small amount of hours of sleep and how about the athlete that gets eight hours of sleep? Who functions better, mentally, physically and emotionally? These are all questions I will try to attain in my paper on sleeping disorders and their affect on athletes at the collegiate and professional level specifically.

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