An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a sleep or circadian disorder. Sleepiness is a serious health concern and cannot always be mitigated by healthy sleep habits. Sleep disorders are real and need to be addressed by a sleep specialist.
Could I have a sleep disorder?
Ask the basic questions:
- “Do I have trouble sleeping at night?”
- “Do I have trouble maintaining wakefulness during the day?”
What do sleep disorders 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 disorders.
What kind of doctor should I visit about possible sleep disorder?
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 disorders?
Common and serious sleep disorders include Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Idiopathic Hypersomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome (or Willis-Ekbom disease), Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders, and Insomnia.