Common signs and symptoms of sleep disorders include:
- Gasping for air
- High blood pressure
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- “Creepy-crawly” feeling in the legs when resting
- Any unusual activity that disturbs you, or your partner’s sleep
- Shift work sleep problems
How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?
If you consistently feel tired during the day despite achieving adequate amounts of sleep, or routinely wake up feeling unrested, from inability to sleep you may have a sleep disorder. Besides reducing your efficiency during the day, sleep disorders can lead to other serious health problems. If you think you might have a sleep disorder, click here to take this simple self-assessment. Talk to your physician about the results. Your physician may feel you are a candidate for a sleep study, which is a specialized overnight test used to diagnose sleep disorders. There are successful treatment options for most sleep disorders. Prompt identification (or diagnosis) and treatment of sleep problems can greatly improve quality of life and overall health.
What are treatment options?
Possible treatment approaches include medication, changes in work schedule or daily living habits, or even weight loss. A nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask may be prescribed to relieve upper-airway obstruction related to sleep apnea.
Depending on the type of sleep disorder, you may be asked to return to the Sleep Center for a follow-up visit or repeat sleep testing in order to monitor treatment progress. Your family physician with the assistance of the sleep specialist will manage the long term treatment of your sleep disorder.