What Is a Sleep Disorder?
Sleep is vital to our mental and physical health each day. Problems with sleeping and waking lead to a lower quality of life and reduced personal health for millions of Americans. A sleep disorder is often the cause.
Common sleep disorders include:
Sleepiness Puts You at Risk
Sleep disorders can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and obesity. They can affect relationships and job performance. They also have been shown to contribute to traffic and industrial accidents. Sleep disorders can lead to problems falling asleep and staying asleep, difficulties staying awake or maintaining a regular sleeping and waking cycle.
What Causes a Sleep Disorder?
A medical condition, stress, psychological issues, or environmental factors can cause sleep problems.
What Are the Symptoms?
Because sleep impacts so much of our physical and mental health, there are many symptoms associated with a sleep disorder. Here are the most common:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
- Snoring, interrupted by pauses in breathing
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Waking up with headaches or a dry throat
- Falling asleep while driving or during other daytime activities
- Irritability and mood changes for no apparent reason
- Restless sleep
- Intellectual decline
- Poor judgment
- Irritability or quick mood swings
- Frequent short attention spans during the day
- Experiencing chest pain while sleeping (nocturnal angina)
Do You Suspect You Have a Sleep Disorder?