Four Signs of a Possible Sleep Disorder

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Most people will go through periods where they struggle to get to sleep at some point in their lives, but if you have been dealing with chronic sleep problems for some time, or are suffering from fatigue and sleep deprivation symptoms throughout the day, most days, then this could be a sign of a more serious sleep disorder.

There are several different sleep disorders from insomnia to sleep apnea, and each of them can not only make it difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep during the night, but they can also impact many other aspects of your health and wellbeing.

Here are some signs that you might be suffering from a sleep disorder.

Waking Up Frequently During the Night:

When you wake up frequently and for seemingly no reason throughout the night, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.

If you tend to wake up with a choking or gasping sensation and struggle to breathe, this could be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition where your airways get blocked during the night and prevent you from breathing.

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, it’s best to visit your doctor so that you can be diagnosed and treated accordingly. In some cases, sleep apnea sufferers will need to wear a mask at night, such as these masks and machines available from, to maintain breathing.

You Struggle to Fall Asleep:

If you often find that even though you’ve been tired all day you struggle to get to sleep at night and routinely take longer than half an hour to fall asleep, you may be suffering from insomnia.

Insomnia can be a very disrupting disorder to deal with and can wreak havoc with many other aspects of your health and wellbeing.

It can often lead to depression, which can be exacerbated if you are having trouble focusing on work during the day or even getting up on time in the morning due to your lack of sleep the night before.

You Have Difficulty Concentrating and Need Naps:

Do you manage to sleep at night but throughout the day, you always feel like you need a nap, drink a lot of coffee to keep you awake, and struggle to focus on your work or studies?

If so, you might be suffering from a sleep disorder. This could be caused by anything from poor quality sleep to frequently waking in the night but not remembering it or even conditions such as sleepwalking.

It could also be caused by an underlying condition or a vitamin deficiency, even if you are getting enough sleep, so a visit to your doctor is a must.

You Sleep Loudly:

If you’ve been told by a spouse or a housemate that you can be heard snoring throughout the house, this could be a sign of a sleep disorder. In some cases, snoring can be stopped by training yourself to sleep on your side or using nasal strips, but it can also be a sign of a more serious sleep disorder.

Sleep disorders come in all shapes and sizes, so if you are having trouble sleeping or find that you are very tired throughout the day, it’s worth speaking to your doctor to figure out what you can do to get better.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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