Counting Sheep?

Everyone has trouble sleeping now and then. But chronic sleep deprivation can do more than just make you tired. It can significantly affect your health. Do you have a disorder that keeps you from getting sound sleep?

  1. Do you regularly watch the late show because you can't fall asleep? Or do you wake up during the night and can't go back to sleep? Yes or No
  1. Are you often cranky? Yes or No
  1. Do you eat spicy foods for dinner? Yes or No
  1. Are you experiencing a lot of stress in your life? Yes or No

Answers: If you answered "yes" to two or more questions, you may have a sleep disorder. Talk to your doctor. Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking too early are symptoms of insomnia. So are waking up feeling tired, fighting sleepiness at work or having little energy or patience.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • Do I have a sleeping disorder? If so, what type?
  • Could I have sleep apnea?
  • Is my insomnia caused by an underlying medical or psychiatric illness?
  • Will a sleep medication help? Should I see a sleep specialist?

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