September 10, 2018
If tossing and turning is your typical sleep position, you’re not alone. It is estimated that 50-70 million adults in the United States have a sleep disorder.
When you don’t get the proper amount of sleep, your physical and mental health can suffer. Poor sleep affects your judgment, ability to learn, and memory. It can put you at a higher risk of car accidents and other injuries. It can also weaken your immune system, put you at a higher risk of diabetes, and increase your risk of gaining weight.
Sleep apnea is not the only diagnosis that falls under the term sleep disorder. Other conditions like restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and narcolepsy can also affect your ability to sleep.
You may have a sleep disorder if you have any of the following symptoms.
Can’t Fall Asleep
Insomnia is difficulty falling or staying asleep. This can leave you feeling drained and lacking focus. But, don’t assume it’s insomnia if you have trouble falling asleep. You should see a sleep doctor to get the right diagnosis and treatment.
Wake up Tired
Sleep disorders can decrease the quality and amount of sleep you get each night, leaving you groggy in the morning. If a full eight hours of sleep still leaves you tired, you may have a condition that only a sleep study can find.
Fit the Profile
Some people are more likely to struggle with sleep disorders. You are at an increased risk of sleep disorders if you:
- Are male
- Are overweight
- Are a smoker
- Are a heavy drinker
- Are African American, Hispanic, or a Pacific Islander
- Are an older adult
- Have a family history of sleep apnea
Snore, Snort, or Gasp at Night
Noisy sleeping at night may mean that you are having trouble breathing. Loud breathers may have a narrowed upper airway.
Have Trouble Staying Awake During the Day
Some people feel that if they stop moving during the day, they will fall asleep. If this is you, you may have a sleep disorder.
Lack Focus During the Day
When you don’t get enough sleep at night, it can leave you feeling unproductive, irritable, and groggy during the day.
Are a Restless Sleeper
Do you toss and turn at night? This could be a sign that you have trouble breathing while you sleep. Difficulty breathing can cause you to kick or thrash around at night leaving you unrested in the morning.
Come See Us
If you fit the description above, it may be time for a sleep study. Make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss your concerns and see if an evaluation at our sleep center is right for you.