There are almost as many sleep disorder as there are ways to sleep. Many sleep disorders go untreated and cause many problems for people simply because they don’t realize they suffer from a sleep disorder. How can you tell if you have a sleep disorder? If you find it difficult to stay awake during the day or hard to sleep at night then you might. Also, if you are moody or emotional, have trouble concentrating and thinking clearly, or simply can’t remember things like you used to, then you might be suffering from a sleep disorder.
The best way to identify your particular sleep disorder is to pay attention to what problem you have with sleep. For instance, do you have trouble falling asleep or do you have trouble waking up in the morning? Do you have a difficult time staying awake throughout the day? Maybe you find yourself doing strange things in your sleep or perhaps it is the loud sleeping of your spouse that keeps up at night. You might be able to fall asleep but then wake up in the middle of the night, perhaps several times. These are all signs you suffer from a sleep disorder.
For those that can’t fall asleep, there are many possible reasons. Is it that you can’t fall asleep when you lay down to go to bed, or do you wake up in the middle of the night and then have trouble sleeping? If it’s trouble falling to sleep initially, then your symptom is named sleep latency. Sleep latency is indicative of several potential sleep disorders. You could suffer from one of several types of insomnia or delayed sleep phase disorder. You could also be experiencing restless leg syndrome. For those that find themselves waking up but then unable to sleep, the symptom is referred to as sleep fragmentation. Sleep fragmentation might be the result of sleep maintenance insomnia, advanced sleep phase disorder, or sleep maintenance insomnia. Each of these sleep disorders could be exacerbated by working swing shifts or by maintaining irregular hours of sleep.
Staying awake throughout the day is hard for some people and is usually the result of a sleep disorder. Such a person might have sleep apnea or be a heavy snorer, which leads to poor quality sleep. They might also be narcoleptic and fall asleep almost instantly at strange times during the day.
Some people just can’t seem to get up in the morning. If it takes you more than an hour to fully wake up in the morning then this might be you. Sleep disorders that might cause this are: excessive sleep inertia, sleep apnea, or delayed sleep phase disorder.
For those that suspect they do strange things in their sleep the cause could be one of many parasomnias. Perhaps you sleepwalk or have vivid nightmares that disturb your sleep.
If it is your partner that keeps you up, then they might be suffering from sleep apnea or snoring. It could also be restless leg syndrome that makes it difficult for you to sleep.
By identifying the type of sleep problem a person suffers from, it becomes easier to identify one of the many sleep disorders that could be responsible. This makes treatment possible.