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
- 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
- Some medications and drugs
- 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
- Sleep apnea
- Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)