Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?
You May Have A Sleep Disorder
Americans aren't getting enough sleep. And that lack of sleep can cause problems at home, work and at school for children and teens.
In some cases, the problem may be poor sleeping habits, too much caffeine or not going to bed soon enough.
But sleep problems can also be an indication of an underlying medical problem.
Talk with your health care provider if you experience any of these signs of a sleep problem:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Unrefreshing sleep, fatigue
- Waking up with a choking sound or gasping for breath
- Tossing and turning during sleep
- Trouble staying asleep
- Legs that move or jerk during the night
Sleep Problems Can Be Helped
Depending on your personal problem there are a variety of treatments including lifestyle changes, medication, good sleep habits, continuous positive airway pressure therapy, oral appliances, surgery or a combination of methods.
A Sleep Study Can Help Detect Sleep Problems
A sleep study is an all night test that detects sleep problems. It is also known as a Polysomnogram, Polysomnograph, or PSG. It helps examine a person's sleeping behavior and evaluates these conditions:
Sleep Apnea - A condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. The pauses in breathing wake the person so they do not experience deep sleep. Symptoms include daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, or frequent awakenings during the night.
Myoclonus - With this condition, spontaneous twitches, abnormal leg movement, or jerks in the limbs may interrupt sleep.
Insomnia - A condition in which a person may have difficulty falling to sleep or staying asleep.
Narcolepsy - A condition which causes a person to fall asleep suddenly at inappropriate times, such as while talking, eating, or driving.