Sleep: A necessity, not a luxury.
Have you been told that you are a very loud snorer or that you choke, gasp, or have pauses in your breathing during sleep?
Do you feel tired and groggy on awakening or often get sleepy during waking hours, even if you have had 7-8 hours of sleep? Can’t sleep more than 5-6 hours?
Do you often and easily doze off while reading, watching TV, sitting in meetings, or sitting in traffic?
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Slowed thinking and reactions and/or frequent errors and mistakes
- Difficulty listening to what is said or understanding directions
- Morning headaches or dry mouth
- Impatience, irritability, diminished sexual function, depression, or negative mood
- Fatigue or reduced energy compared to recent years
Do you have high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, acid reflux or recent onset diabetes?
Do you ever experience unpleasant, restless, creepy, crawly, pulling, or gnawing feelings in your legs, associated with an urge to move your legs?
Has your weight increased rapidly? Are you overweight? Do you have a large neck?
All these symptoms and health problems can be related to sleep disorders. If they describe you, discuss them with your physician. A referral to a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine may be indicated.