While many Americans frequently report lacking energy or feeling fatigued, there is a difference between general sleepiness and having a sleep disorder. Often stress can complicate sleep, but if your inability to fall or stay asleep remains a problem after the stress has been removed you may suffer from a sleep disorder.
Answer the following questions from a “sleep disorder quiz.” If you answer “yes” to any of the questions you’ll want to discuss your symptoms with your doctor to find out if you suffer from a sleep disorder.
Do you snore loudly and/or heavily while asleep?
Are you excessively sleepy or do you lack energy in the daytime?
Do you have trouble with concentration or memory loss?
Do you fall asleep while driving, in meetings, while reading a book, or while watching television?
Do you have occasional morning headaches?
Do you sleepwalk, have nightmares, or have night terrors?
Do you suffer from depression or mood changes?
Do you have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep?
Have you experienced recent weight gain or high blood pressure?
Have you been told you hold your breath when you sleep?
The four most common sleep disorders are: insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome. For more information about sleep disorders and some of the things you can do to get a good night’s sleep even when you suffer from a sleep disorder, click here.