Look over this list of common signs of a sleep disorder, and talk to your primary care provider if you have any of them on three or more nights a week:
- It takes you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night.
- You awaken frequently in the night and then have trouble falling back to sleep again.
- You awaken too early in the morning.
- You often don’t feel well rested despite spending 7–8 hours or more asleep at night.
- You feel sleepy during the day and fall asleep within 5 minutes if you have an opportunity to nap, or you fall asleep unexpectedly or at inappropriate times during the day.
- Your bed partner claims you snore loudly, snort, gasp, or make choking sounds while you sleep, or your partner notices that your breathing stops for short periods.
- You have creeping, tingling, or crawling feelings in your legs that are relieved by moving or massaging them, especially in the evening and when you try to fall asleep.
- You have vivid, dream like experiences while falling asleep or dozing.
- You have episodes of sudden muscle weakness when you are angry or fearful, or when you laugh.
- You feel as though you cannot move when you first wake up.
- Your bed partner notes that your legs or arms jerk often during sleep.
- You regularly need to use stimulants to stay awake during the day.
Also keep in mind that, although children can show some of these signs of a sleep disorder, they often do not show signs of excessive daytime sleepiness. Instead, they may seem overactive and have difficulty focusing and concentrating. They also may not do their best in school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep.”
(These articles are a supplement to Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual, “Thrive” Spring/Summer 2019 issue. An online version of the entire publication is available at myvgh.org/thrive)
An estimated 35% of U.S. adults get less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep they need. Moreover, poor quality sleep can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Talk to your primary health care provider about your sleep and if a home sleep study through Virginia Gay Hospital is right for you. With a home sleep study, you’ll sleep in the comfort of your bed while a small device monitors your heart rate, oxygen saturation, breathing, and chest wall movement.