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Do I Have a Sleep Disorder?

How do you know if you might have a sleep disorder? Look for these symptoms:

  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Difficulty staying awake when watching television, reading, driving, or other activities where you sit still
  • Irritability and emotional outbursts
  • Snoring
  • Leg cramps or tingling during sleep
  • Gasping or difficulty breathing during sleep
  • Prolonged insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering things
  • Need caffeine to stay awake
  • Are often told that you look tired
  • Difficulty falling asleep during normal sleeping hours

A sleep disorder may be temporary, caused by such factors in your life as

  • Illness
  • Some medications and drugs
  • Obesity
  • Stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Traveling between time zones

While sleep disorders can be treated, they often go undiagnosed. If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, make an appointment with our sleep specialist so you can work together to determine the cause of your sleep disorder and to develop a solution.

Sleep disorders are serious and can affect all aspects of your life – mental, physical, and social. It is vital that you work with medical professionals to find the best treatment for your sleep disorder.

Why Should I See a Sleep Physician Specialist?

When you visit a Sleep Specialist about your possible sleep disorder, they will evaluate you, diagnose whether you have a sleep disorder, and develop a treatment plan. Some steps the Sleep Physician may undertake include:

  • Gathering your medical history
  • Asking you to keep a sleep diary
  • Conducting a sleep study
  • Conducting diagnosis tests, such as an overnight sleep study

Common Sleep Disorders

  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)