Do You Have a Sleep Disorder?

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By Stephanie Specht on February 21, 2016

When you don’t get enough sleep, it can affect your memory, problem-solving skills, creativity and make you irritable and unable to concentrate. And while many of us might have trouble sleeping every once in a while, for many it can be an ongoing problem that requires medical attention.

“If you are having problems functioning during the day, if you sleep a reasonable amount of time and wake up still tired, or you consistently have problems either going to sleep or staying asleep, that is a real sign that you have a problem,” says Frank Biscardi, M.D., medical director of Carilion Clinic’s Sleep Medicine program.

Take a look at the questions below to see if you have a sleep disorder.  If you answer “yes” to two or more of the questions below, you may want to talk to your physician about your sleep issues.

  1. Has your partner noticed that you stop breathing at night?
  2. Do you snore?
  3. When you snore, do you snore loudly and irregularly?
  4. Do you feel sleepy during the day, even though you slept the previous night?
  5. Do you find it difficult to go to sleep?
  6. Is your bedtime inconsistent?
  7. Do you often experience morning headaches?
  8. Do you often feel exhausted or tired?
  9. Do you get up frequently at night to urinate?
  10. Do you have trouble concentrating?
  11. Are you overweight or have you recently gained weight?
  12. Do you have high blood pressure?

If you are a troubled sleep, talk to your doctor. A referral to a sleep center for a sleep study may be just what you need to stay healthy.