Do You Have a Sleep Disorder?
You may find yourself struggling to get a good night’s sleep and keep your eyes open throughout your day, wondering if another cup of coffee will help you make it through. If the problem continues, you may have a sleep disorder. If so, it can affect your overall health and well-being and also negatively impact your sleep partner.
In this blog, the sleep specialists at eos sleep diagnostics in NYC outline some situations that could indicate you have a sleep disorder that needs treatment.
You snore a lot
Loud, chronic snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. This serious sleep disorder causes you to stop and restart breathing over and over again throughout the night, depriving your body of needed oxygen and adequate rest.
You may also make gasping or choking sounds as you wake up slightly and resume breathing, and your sleep partner may have observed your pauses in breath.
You have trouble staying awake during your daytime activities
Everyone can need a quick nap now and again to refresh themselves during the day. But if you’re getting enough sleep at night and still find yourself struggling to stay awake during your daily activities, you might have narcolepsy.
This neurological sleep disorder affects your brain’s ability to control sleep-wake cycles. You may have sudden bouts of sleep during the day when you’re in the middle of an activity. It can also be accompanied by hallucinations or the inability to move.
You have trouble falling or staying asleep several times a week
Everyone has trouble falling asleep occasionally, with our minds occupied by thoughts or worries. But if it’s very common, you may have chronic insomnia.
This disorder is defined as taking 30 minutes or more to fall asleep and/or get back to sleep after waking up for at least three nights a week for three months or more. Without help, the problem can continue to get worse, as you start to associate bedtime with feeling anxious, and falling asleep becomes even more difficult.
You don’t have a consistent sleep/wake schedule
Your body has an internal clock that helps keep your sleeping patterns fairly consistent, but when this body clock isn’t working as it should, it can wreak havoc on your sleep. You may find yourself unable to fall asleep until very late at night, or you may be ready to go to sleep in the very earning evening.
If your sleep patterns are disrupted, it can be caused by circadian rhythm sleep disorder. Your internal body clock may not be working as it should, and you may need treatment to help relieve your symptoms.
If any of the situations described above sounds like what you’ve been going through, make an appointment today with eos sleep diagnostics in NYC. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and will find out what’s causing your sleep difficulties. A sleep study can often help give us the information we need to make an accurate diagnosis. We’ll then work with you to devise a treatment plan to help you sleep better and feel better.