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There are many types of sleep disorders. You may think it would be easy to tell if you have one because you're either not sleeping or feeling tired. But even if you're getting seven or eight hours of solid sleep each night, you can potentially have a sleep disorder if you don't feel rested.
Sleep disorders develop when you're having problems with the quality, timing and amount of sleep that you're getting. This ultimately causes problems with how you function throughout the day. In other words, it affects your quality of life.
Here's a look at the types of sleep disorders and how you can tell if you're experiencing one.
Primary insomnia- Insomnia usually appears in two forms: acute and chronic.
Knowing the difference can help you determine if you should talk to your doctor.
Sleep Apnea- Sleep apnea occurs when air flow periodically stops or is diminished while you're sleeping. It also appears in two forms: obstructive and central.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring and gasping for air. Treatments include:
Narcolepsy- This is a sleep disorder that is characterized by excessive sleepiness. It can take years to diagnose and while there is no cure, there are treatments and lifestyle changes that greatly improve the symptoms, such as developing good sleeping patterns and trying different medications.
Sleep disorders can eventually lead to extreme fatigue and poor performance at work and school. They can also put you at risk for many health-related issues including:
In order to help determine if you may have a sleep disorder, you can start by asking yourself the following questions:
If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, then it may be time for you to see your primary care physician. Your doctor can set you up with a diagnosis and treatment plan.
You can also download our infographic with "10 Simple Tips To Wind Down Before Bed" to help you establish a consistent bedtime routine.