It can be difficult to tell if you have a sleep disorder by yourself; after all, you're asleep when the problems occur! A sleep study is the best way to determine if you have a sleep disorder or snoring problem, but you can get an idea of whether you need a sleep study by your symptoms. Here are some signs that may indicate you have a sleep disorder:
Feeling tired all the time, no matter how much you sleep, can be a sign of a sleep disorder. Though you are spending adequate time in bed, you may not be getting the quality of restorative sleep you need. Therefore, you'll find yourself feeling tired, fatigued, and exhausted all the time.
- Daytime Sleepiness
Falling asleep during the day is another sign of a sleep disorder. If you are so tired that you can't stay awake during normal waking hours, you may drift to sleep while riding in a car, sitting in a meeting, watching TV, or reading.
You may not know that you are snoring at night. Your spouse may be the only one wise to your snoring problems. If he or she tells you that you snore, don't laugh about it or brush it off—consider snoring to be a sign of a sleep disorder.
- Interrupted Sleep
If you have ever woken up gasping for breath because you feel like you can't breathe, you could have sleep apnea, a very serious sleep disorder. Some people have dreams that they are drowning or suffocating and wake up gulping for air. In reality, they stopped breathing during their sleep. If you wake up like this, you need to talk to your doctor and schedule an appointment at a sleep lab.
To have a sleep study performed to determine the existence or extent of a sleep disorder, visit Comfort Sleep. Our sleep lab can help you get the restorative, restful sleep you need to be healthy. For an appointment, call us at (732) 455-3030 today.