Sleep Disorders

Important: Sleepiness and sleep disorders are serious health concerns and cannot always be mitigated by healthy sleep habits.

According to the CDC, an estimated 70 million Americans chronically live with sleep or circadian-related conditions. Sleep conditions are real and need to be addressed by a sleep specialist. Below you will find an important sleep disorders self-assessment tool and short descriptions of common and serious sleep disorders.

Could I have a sleep condition?

Ask the basic questions:

  1. “Do I have trouble sleeping at night on a regular basis?”
  2. “Do I have trouble staying awake during the day on a regular basis?”

Take the Sleep Disorders Screener

The Sleep Disorders Symptom Checklist-25 (SDSCL-25) is an important new self-assessment tool to help individuals identify signs and symptoms of 13 major sleep disorders. This is a decision support tool and not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The online survey takes 3-5 minutes to complete.

If you think you or someone you love might have a sleep disorder, it is important to consult a board-certified sleep medicine physician. A good place to start is to contact a local AASM Accredited Sleep Center.

What do sleep disorders look like?

Sleep and circadian-related 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 take the sleep disorders screener and learn more about the signs and symptoms of common and serious sleep conditions.

What kind of doctor should you 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 with a Board-Certified Sleep Specialist. A good place to start is contacting an AASM Accredited Sleep Center.  If you suspect you may have a particular condition, we highly recommend choosing a doctor who specializes in that condition.

Common and Serious Sleep Conditions:

Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders are neurological disorders in which the sleep-wake cycle is out of sync with the day-night cycle. As a result, individuals may experience insomnia-like symptoms at night and excessive sleepiness during the day, greatly impacting typical work, school, and social schedules. Circadian Rhythm Disorders include Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder, Irregular Sleep Wake Disorder and Shift Work Disorder.

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