Do you suspect you or your partner have a sleep problem?
Take our sleep quiz
- Do you regularly snore?
- Do you wake up choking, gasping, or awaken from your own snoring?
- Have people witnessed you stop breathing while sleeping?
- Do you frequently experience fatigue, daytime sleepiness or low energy?
- Have you ever nodded off while driving?
- Do you frequently experience night sweats, morning headaches or need to go to the bathroom multiple times a night?
- Do you have high blood pressure or a history of heart disease or stroke?
- Are you significantly overweight?
- Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep three or more nights a week?
- Do you awaken frequently at night and have difficulty returning to sleep?
- Do you suffer from fatigue, sleepiness, irritability or poor concentration?
- Do you regularly use sleeping pills, either prescription or over-the-counter?
- Do you drink alcohol in the evening to help relax and fall asleep?
- Do you get frustrated with your poor sleep or are you apprehensive about going to sleep because of an expectation of poor sleep?
- Do you find it difficult to fall asleep at night but once asleep, have great difficulty awakening in the morning?
If you answered 'yes' to three or more questions under the Sleep Apnea section, or to one or more questions under the insomnia section, you may have a sleep disorder.
- Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which the upper airway and throat muscles relax and collapse during sleep, physically blocking attempts to breathe. This irregular breathing disrupts sleep and results in daytime sleepiness, fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, and other symptoms of sleep deprivation. Sleep apnea also deprives the body of oxygen and is a risk factor for high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and early death.
- Most people suffer from insomnia at some stage in their life, but 10-15% of Americans experience chronic insomnia that affects quality of life. Insomnia can be caused by a variety of factors such as stress, medical disorders, medication side effects, poor sleep habits, or internal sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome. Identifying and treating the underlying cause of insomnia is more effective than routine use of sleeping pills.
If you have symptoms suggestive of a sleep disorder, we recommend consult a sleep medicine specialist to determine if your health and well-being may be affected.
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