Are you among the nearly 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men who suffer from a sleep disorder? Answering the following questions can help you find out:
- Are you getting enough sleep?
- When you get a full night's sleep, do you feel well rested?
- Does it generally take you more than a half-hour to fall asleep at bedtime?
- Do you wake up often during the night and have difficulty going back to sleep?
- Do you find yourself "nodding off" during the day?
- Have you had accidents or near-accidents because you were sleepy?
- Have you fallen asleep during meetings or at other times when you didn't intend to do so?
- Do you kick or jerk your arms or legs throughout the night?
- Do you snore loudly?
- Do you have long pauses in your breathing during sleep?
- Do you walk in your sleep?
- Do you feel irritable or have trouble concentrating during the day?
If you said, "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder and should discuss the matter with your physician. They may refer you to St. Mary's Sleep Disorders Center for further evaluation.