5 Biggest Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
How do you know you have a sleep disorder that needs to be checked out?
Everyone has difficulty sleeping now and again. But if your lack of shut-eye is an ongoing problem that may mean that you have a sleep disorder.
Pay attention to these warning signs, as they could mean you're struggling with a sleep disorder. If you find yourself experiencing one or several of these symptoms on an ongoing basis, you should contact a sleep clinic right away.
1. You're almost always tired, even when you get enough sleep
The sign: You sleep for eight hours or more but you still feel groggy and exhausted most of the time.
In our previous blog post, we addressed the commonly asked question: Why do I feel so tired all the time?
During a normal sleep cycle, the body alternates between deep and light sleep that should leave you feeling awake and alert. If you're still sleepy after a full night in bed, chances are something is happening to prevent your body and brain from entering those deep, restorative levels of sleep.
And if you tried our tips to feeling better and still don't feel the results, we suggest that you contact your local sleep clinic right away.
2. Someone tells you that you stop breathing while sleeping
The sign: Your sleep partner tells you that your snoring is loud and that you sometimes even stop breathing.
We've written a bunch about several treatment options for sleep apnea, which you can check out here.
3. You're a daytime dozer
The sign: You find yourself nodding off during the day and have an incessant urge to sleep during the day.
It's normal to be tired after a sleepless night, but when you start to experience excessive daytime sleepiness—falling asleep at work or behind the wheel, for example—it's time to consider whether you're getting enough sleep, and whether you might have a sleep disorder.
4. You have trouble falling asleep or can't get a good night's sleep often
The sign: You've had trouble falling asleep (or staying asleep) for at least a month.
It may seem obvious, but people suffering from insomnia often don't seek help from their doctors; they either assume they're meant to be that way or that the problem will go away on its own.
But if a sleep problem becomes chronic—meaning that the brain retrains itself to not sleep when it's supposed to—you probably should visit your nearest sleep clinic to get this checked out.
5. You have another medicial condition that keeps you up or without energy
The sign: You suffer from another chronic health condition or experience mysterious symptoms that keep you awake.
It makes sense that people dealing with other health issues, such as depression, illness or chronic pain would have a harder time sleeping peacefully. And some conditions, such as restless legs syndrome, exhibit their worst symptoms at night. Because these problems can perpetuate each other, it's important not to take your sleep difficulties for granted and to talk to your doctor.