What is microsleep?

Microsleep

Have you noticed people on the tube, commuting to work or traveling back home from work, trying really hard to stay awake? And when it becomes impossible to keep their eyes open, they doze off for a few seconds, waking up with a head jerk? If you haven’t noticed this yet, then probably you have been dozing off now and then. These periods of sleep that do not last more than a few seconds is known as microsleep. In today’s post, we will find out why these happen, if they are dangerous, and how you can prevent them. 

Causes 

A microsleep can occur anywhere while watching TV, or working on an assignment, or even during driving (which can be extremely dangerous). These episodes are caused by one or more of these sleep disorders: 

  • Narcolepsy 

Daytime drowsiness and sudden sleepiness and sleep attacks are common symptoms of narcolepsy. It is a chronic sleep disorder in which people struggle to stay awake for a long time, whether they are working, driving, at their homes, in a concert, anywhere. The circumstance becomes irrelevant. This can be both dangerous and can cause disruption to your everyday routine. 

  • Insomnia 

One of the most common sleep disorders, insomnia is the difficulty of falling asleep and staying asleep. The duration can be short-term (can be caused by something as minor as a slight change in sleep routine) as well as long-term. The longer the duration of insomnia, the worse it is for your health. 

  • Sleep apnea 

Another sleep disorder with the potential to become serious, sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. People who snore loudly are prone to have obstructive sleep apnea. Another symptom is waking up tired and exhausted after a full night’s sleep.

Symptoms of microsleep 

Identifying an episode of microsleep may be difficult because it lasts only a few seconds. However, Healthline gives us some of the most common symptoms that can be associated with this sleep condition. The symptoms include: 

  1. Staring blankly 
  2. Failing to respond 
  3. Dropping the head to one side 
  4. Body jerks that are sudden which usually wake the person up 
  5. Loss of memory of the last few minutes 
  6. Slow blinks

How to prevent microsleep

Improving your sleep efficiency by ensuring all the important stages of sleep are undisturbed and undisrupted, is an essential step to prevent microsleep. One of the many ways to do that is to invest in a good mattress. Wakefit’s Orthopedic Memory Foam Mattress with its body contouring properties and its ability to prevent pressure points is the right way to go about improving your sleep. The mattress will also offer zero disturbance sleep to people who share their beds by providing motion separation. The mattress will keep dust and other allergens away due to its hypoallergenic nature and will allow you to sleep cool even in summers owing to its open-cell memory foam layer. To buy the mattress for yourself or someone you care about, visit us here.  

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