Checking Your Symptoms If You Think You Have a Sleep Disorder

Part of Sleep Disorders For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Missing a few night’s sleep doesn’t automatically mean you have a sleep disorder, but even someone with temporary sleeplessness can benefit from professional advice. If you consistently have two or more of the following symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup. Better sleep is just ahead.

  • You feel fatigued and not refreshed and energized upon awakening in the morning.

  • You frequently have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep long enough.

  • You snore so loudly that people in other rooms can hear it, and your bedmate tells you that you appear to stop breathing during the night.

  • You feel sleepy during the day.

  • You frequently doze off during the day, especially when you’re inactive.

  • You feel increasingly irritable or depressed for no apparent reason.

  • Your bedmate says you kick your legs during the night.

  • You have trouble concentrating or remembering things.

  • You spend a lot of time worrying about your sleep quality.

  • You have unexplained injuries upon awakening.

  • Food is missing from your kitchen, and you’re gaining weight but you don’t know why.