Nearly 40 million American men and women suffer from sleep disorders, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The most common sleep disorders are insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome (RLS), periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) and narcolepsy.
Between seven and nine hours of sleep are needed each night for most adults, according to sleep experts. Sleep disorders cause “sleep debt” that can result in serious consequences: vehicular crashes and increased risk for heart attack, stroke and obesity to name a few.
Some signs of sleep disorders are:
- difficulty falling asleep, waking up and not being able to fall back asleep
- excessive daytime sleepiness or falling asleep at inappropriate times and places
- snoring that interrupts breathing or wakes you up
- waking up feeling non-refreshed
- unpleasant sensations in the legs creating difficulty in getting to sleep
How can you tell if you have a sleep disorder or if you simply need some strategies to get a better night’s sleep?
A good starting point is taking the Sleep Quiz. Results of the quiz will help you know if you need to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. You might also want to begin tracking your sleep habits with our Sleep Diary.
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For more information, contact the OSU Sleep Disorders Center at 614-293-4925.