Do I Have a Sleep Disorder?
Comfort Sleep Disorder
Do you think you may have a sleep disorder, specifically sleep apnea? Answer the following questions truthfully to help you determine whether or not you are suffering from this serious sleep disorder.
- I know, or someone has told me that I snore.
- I know, or someone has told me that when I sleep, I stop breathing.
- During the day, I am always tired, even if I have had seven or more hours of sleep.
- I have been called a restless sleeper.
- When I wake up, I frequently have headaches or trouble concentrating.
- I tend to doze or fall asleep easily during the day.
- I/others have noticed a change in my personality/moods.
- I have high blood pressure.
- I am considered overweight or obese.
- My neck is larger than 17 inches (male) 16 inches (female).
These questions are in no way considered a diagnosis by a medical professional but are rather a tool that can help you to narrow down your symptoms. If three or more of these questions are true for you, contact Comfort Sleep Solutions for a consultation.
Answering yes to any of the above questions may point to a sleep disorder. However, it’s challenging to determine what specific sleep disorder(s) you may be suffering from without consulting first with an Idaho Falls sleep clinic. Read on for more information about the most common sleep disorders that people suffer from in the United States.
Remember sleep disorders can seep into every aspect of your life, if you have started to notice some of the more negative aspects of a sleep disorder (moods swings, health issues, daytime drowsiness) it is vital to the quality of your life and those around you that you get checked for a sleep disorder in Idaho Falls as soon as possible. Call Comfort Sleep Solutions to schedule a complimentary consultation at your earliest convenience.
Types of Idaho Falls Sleep Disorders
There are three different kinds of sleep apnea, the most common form being Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA), OSA is when an obstruction, usually the tongue or throat, blocks a person from breathing while they sleep. This blockage requires the body to wake up to resume breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause a person to stop breathing up to 400 times a night. The other primary type of sleep apnea is called Central Sleep Apnea or CSA. This form of sleep apnea occurs when an individual’s brain doesn’t send the correct signals to allow for breathing to continue without interruption while a person sleeps. The third form of sleep apnea is when OSA and CSA are combined. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause or worsen medical conditions such as heart failure, heart attack, diabetes, stroke, and even death.
Another sleep disorder that our Idaho Falls sleep clinic sees daily is insomnia. Insomnia is described as a sleep disorder that causes people to have challenges falling or staying asleep. Many of the symptoms of insomnia are identical with sleep apnea, such as being a “restless sleeper,” mood swings and feeling unrefreshed upon waking. With insomnia, there are varying degrees that a person may be suffering from this sleep disorder, namely short-term insomnia and chronic insomnia. A person is considered to have chronic insomnia if he or she has insomnia at least three days a week for one month or longer.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological movement disorder that causes a person to have uncontrollable urges to move their limbs. Among these urges, persons with Restless Legs Syndrome describe the sensations of this disorder as burning, tingling, itching, creeping, crawling, etc. These sensations are usually felt before falling asleep or sitting for long periods. Movement, such as walking or stretching, is said to help relieve uncomfortable feelings. This disorder may also be associated with PLMS (Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep) though similar to RLS, this sleep disorder occurs during sleep and can be caused by arousal activity in the brain during sleep. Standard treatment for RLS and PLMS includes medications and iron replacements.
Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder that causes the signals that the brain sends for sleep and wakefulness to become mixed. This sleep disorder usually occurs between the ages of 15 and 25; however, signs of this disease may become apparent at any age.
Much like other kinds of Idaho Falls sleep disorders as discussed above, Narcolepsy has symptoms that range from excessive daytime sleepiness and falling asleep at inappropriate times. However, there are specific markers for Narcolepsy that other sleep disorders do not have. According to this article, these symptoms include:
- Cataplexy – Loss of muscle tone in response to emotional stimulus.
- Sleep Paralysis – The inability to move the body while awake. Usually occurs upon waking or while falling asleep.
- Hypnagogic Hallucinations – Vivid, dream-like visual, auditory, or tactile sensations that happen when falling asleep.
Narcolepsy can be treated with antidepressants and other stimulants.
If left untreated, sleep disorders can quickly become a deadly disease. If you would like more information about a sleep disorder, visit or call our Idaho Falls sleep clinic today. We offer in-house and at-home sleep studies so that we can start treating your sleep disorder immediately. You deserve to get a full night’s sleep and start living your life more fully.