Know When to See a Sleep Doctor

Most of us sometimes face tiredness and grogginess issues, no matter how diligent we are in our sleep routines. These issues can be related to the quality of our sleep, which of course is affected by the quality of our daytimes.

Stress and worry can lead to poorer quality sleep. Drinking too much caffeine, eating too late at night, consuming too much alcohol, letting ourselves get overweight — all these factors can diminish and even destroy the quality of our sleep, but they are all under our control.

When you consistently suffer from fatigue and lack of focus in the day hours, how do you know when you need to seek help to determine if you have a sleep-disorder problem?

Here are some telling clues. Be concerned — be really concerned — if you suffer any of these symptoms:

  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue that never seems to go away
  • Loud snoring at night accompanied by cessations in breathing (ask a sleep partner to be sure)
  • Waking up after falling asleep and having a hard time getting back to sleep
  • Being consistently un-refreshed after sleeping
  • Suffering from morning headaches frequently
  • Crawling sensations in your legs or arms at night
  • Inability to move while falling asleep or waking up
  • Physically acting out dreams during sleep
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times at work or even when just at home

If your best efforts at sleep hygiene don’t help cure these daytime and nighttime symptoms, you need to schedule a visit with a sleep professional as soon as possible. Not only is your daily life at the mercy of sleeping problems, but you’re also probably on the path to health problems that can be serious and debilitating if not corrected through sleep-disorder treatments.

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