Everyone has had a night or two of tossing and turning and struggling to fall asleep. That is normal when dealing with life’s stresses or maybe a little too much caffeine before bedtime. What’s not normal is having that problem every single night.
Are you finding yourself exhausted and unable to make it through the day without a nap? Do you wake up in the morning and feel groggy despite being asleep for the recommended eight hours? Do you find yourself struggling at work or school with a general lack of concentration and focus? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder.
Some common signs of a sleep disorder include difficulty falling or staying asleep, daytime fatigue, unusual movement or other experience while asleep, irritability or anxiety, strong urge to take naps during the day, depression, lack of concentration, and impaired performance at work or school, and those are just some of the symptoms.
Sleep disorders can impact the rest of your health too. According to the CDC, adults who were short sleepers (less than 7 hours per 24-hour period) were more likely to report 10 chronic health conditions compared to those who got enough sleep. All the more reason to focus on getting the quality sleep you deserve! Help is out there and treatment is available. A sleep doctor can give you an official diagnosis and treatment plan.