An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a sleep or circadian-related condition. Sleepiness is a serious health concern and cannot always be mitigated by healthy sleep habits. Sleep conditions are real and need to be addressed by a sleep specialist.
Could I have a sleep condition?
Ask the basic questions:
- “Do I have trouble sleeping at night?”
- “Do I have trouble maintaining wakefulness during the day?”
What do sleep conditions look like?
Sleep disorders are often invisible and may be hard to detect. Sleepiness may manifest as issues with behavior, mood regulation, memory, concentration or sustained attention. It’s important to learn about the real signs and symptoms of common and serious sleep conditions.
What kind of doctor should I visit about possible sleep condition?
Be proactive! Not all doctors are familiar with sleep disorders. Your journey will likely begin with your primary care doctor, but it’s important to consult a Board-Certified Sleep Specialist (locate a AASM Accredited Sleep Center). Find a sleep specialist familiar with your possible condition’s symptoms and treatments.
What are sleep conditions?
Common and serious sleep conditions include Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Idiopathic Hypersomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome (or Willis-Ekbom disease), Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders, Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS), and Insomnia.