When to Seek Help for a Sleep Disorder
Do you feel fatigued or sleepy during the day? Do you wake up feeling unrested or find it difficult to get out of bed? Do you snore or stop breathing as you sleep? Do you sleep much later on the weekends than during the week? Do you have trouble initiating or maintaining sleep? Do you feel your sleep disturbance is affecting your life?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder. Many sleep disorders are treatable. You must first see a physician certified in sleep medicine in order to evaluate the sleep problems. You should seek consultation if:
- You answer "yes" to any of the following questions:
- Are you sleepy in the daytime in spite of eight hours in bed every night?
- Do you snore loudly?
- Does someone advise you that you actually stop breathing when you sleep?
- Do you have violent behaviors during your sleep?
- Are you always very sleepy and have muscle weakness when you get emotional (laugh, cry)?
- Are you kept awake by restless legs or arms (a creeping, crawling sensation)?
- Do you remain unsatisfied with the quality of your sleep after following sleep hygiene tips for two weeks?
- You score 10 or more on Epworth Sleepiness Test