Daytime sleepiness? Snore loudly? Problems staying asleep?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may suffer from a sleep disorder. Left untreated, sleep disorders can cause multiple problems. Sleep disorders can lead to other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, & lowered immune system. Excessive sleepiness can lead to accidents, such as falling asleep while driving.
Please make an appointment with your primary care physician. If your doctor also suspects that you have a sleep disorder, ask him or her to refer you for a sleep evaluation study at North Okaloosa's Sleep Lab.
Remember, since most sleep disorders can be treated effectively, you can finally get that good night's sleep you need.... and deserve!
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Disorders?
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Pauses in breathing
- Restless sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headache
- Sleep walking/talking
- Frequent waking during sleep
- Violent activity during sleep
- Heartburn at night
Several types of sleep disorders exist. A few examples include the following:
- Sleep apnea
- Night Terrors
- Restless leg syndrome
- REM behavioral disorder
- Sleep-wake schedule disorder
- Shift-work insomnia
What is your Snore Score?
The answers to this sleep quiz will help you decide whether you may suffer from sleep apnea:
- Are you a loud, habitual snorer? Yes No
- Do you feel tired and groggy on awakening? Yes No
- Are you often sleepy during waking hours and/or can you fall asleep quickly? Yes No
- Are you overweight and/or do you have a large neck? Yes No
- Have you been observed to choke, gasp, or hold your breath during sleep? Yes No
If you or someone close to you answers "yes" to any of the above questions, you should discuss your symptoms with your physician or a sleep specialist.