It’s not uncommon to feel tired or experience a sleepless night now and then, but when does a blip in your sleep schedule mean something more? A sleep disorder can be a serious medical problem if left untreated, so you should always discuss your concerns about your sleep habits with your doctor. Could a sleep disorder be behind your symptoms? Here are some signs that you could be suffering from a sleep issue.
Fatigue After Sleep
If you had what seems like an ample amount of sleep but still feel tired the following day, a sleep disorder could be to blame. You could be failing to fall into a deep sleep or you could be waking during the night without realizing it. If you are always tired despite getting eight hours of rest or more, let your doctor know about your symptoms.
Your snoring may be more than something that keeps your partner awake at night. It can also be a sign of a serious health problem called sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, the airways become constricted when you sleep, which makes you stop breathing. You then wake up and gasp for air, only to fall asleep and start the cycle all over again. You could go through this process hundreds of times per night and not have any memory of it at all. Sleep apnea increases your risk of suffering from obesity, car accidents, and more, so tell your doctor if you have been feeling fatigued and are concerned about your snoring.
Difficulty Falling Asleep
It’s natural to toss and turn every now and again, but if you’ve been experiencing trouble falling asleep or staying asleep on a consistent basis, then your doctor needs to know. There are medications that can help you get over chronic insomnia and get back to getting the rest you need.
Sleep is one of the cornerstones of good health, so if you’re experiencing sleep troubles, ask your doctor to refer you to the Sleep Lab at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. We can diagnose and treat a range of sleep disorders. For a referral or additional information, call (888) 741-5119.