Sleep disorders are among some of the most common medical issues for Americans. Sleep disorders are defined as something that inhibits you from sleep or causes an increased level of sleepiness in daytime hours. Anyone can have a sleep disorder, but those affected by stress, anxiety, depression, and even genetics, have a higher likelihood of developing one.

 

If you think you may have a sleep disorder, keep note of your day and night habits so you can discuss them with your primary care services provider. If you experience regular difficulty sleeping, are tired during the day frequently even when having seven or more hours of sleep the prior night, or have a decreased ability to do regular daytime activities, you may have a sleeping disorder. These are the most common symptoms but, other often more severe side effects can be:

 

  • Falling asleep when driving

  • Difficulty paying attention

  • Struggles with memory

  • Slowed responses

  • Decreased performance at school or work

  • Irritability and other difficulties controlling emotions

 

If you experience any of these, it may be time to seek professional help. Your physician may ask you to keep a sleep diary to discuss your sleeping patterns. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder but can be a symptom of an entirely different cause – another sleep, physical, or psychiatric disorder. This is why seeing a doctor is so important – they can locate any underlying problems that may cause concern or treat the root cause.

 

Sleep disorders are often treated with behavior therapy and rigid sleep hygiene. Physicians in partnership with MSO services can help you get on track to better sleep.