How Can Someone Tell if They Have a Sleep Disorder

by : Sherry Harris



Millions of people worldwide suffer from some kind of sleeping disorder. What is troubling though is that many of them either do not know or refuse to admit it because they see their sleeping patterns as being normal.

With our busy lives and somewhat distorted priorities sometimes, getting a good night of rest often takes a back seat to work, school or other responsibilities. But what people do not always see is that not getting a full night of rest can lead to further problems in the future.

If you are suffering from restlessness several nights in a row, it would be a good idea to investigate further whether or not you have a chronic sleeping disorder. When you finally head to bed, and rest awhile, but cannot get comfortable and stare at the ceiling for awhile, it is a good idea to evaluate your overall sleeping habits.

Here are some things to look for:

1.Frequent waking during the night
2.Taking two to three naps during the day
3.Going to sleep at different times each night
4.Feeling anxious or unsettled at night time
5.Jolting from sleep several nights in a row
6.Taking a long time to finally fall asleep
7.Excessive grogginess in the morning
8.Tossing and turning on the bed

Of course, these are just a few of many symptoms to look for in determining if you have a sleep disorder. Insomnia is a term that should not be used lightly, because it indicates a severe and chronic problem that almost always needs medical attention. When you notice these symptoms continue for awhile, it is best to see your physician sooner rather than later.

However, you should not worry yourself if you spot anything on the list that might look somewhat familiar. Chances are that your worrying is causing much of this restlessness to begin with. Take a step back and evaluate your situation. Not everyone experiencing a few nights of insomnia actually has a full blown sleeping disorder.

Many times, sleeplessness can be a direct result of major changes going on in our lives. If you have experienced a great emotional loss, if you have changed jobs or been laid off, if you are going through menopause or are pregnant, these events can all impact your body's natural sleep cycle. It takes time for your organs and your brain to keep up with what is going on in your life, so you have to allow it some time.

No matter what, though, whether it is a serious sleep disorder or a short-term struggle with insomnia, a good night of rest should be a top priority in your life. Whatever the case, you need to find ways and methods of creating a comfortable and restful environment for yourself. And, of course, do not let it go untreated. It is better to be safe than sorry in terms of insomnia, and there is no shame in getting it checked out by a medical professional.