Maybe you’ve noticed that you are increasingly tired during the day, at times when you shouldn’t feel tired—even falling asleep during conversations. Or perhaps your spouse complains about your snoring or loud breathing. How do you know when it’s time to get help?
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
Unfortunately, many of us don’t want to admit we have a sleep problem. We minimize the issue, thinking it’s something we can handle on our own. But if you don’t seek diagnosis and treatment for a serious disorder such as sleep apnea, you may be at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, or a wide range of life-threatening heart problems.
Talk with your doctor if you are having any of these symptoms:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Restless sleep
- Breathing problems
- Poor concentration or forgetfulness
- Mood changes or irritability
- Increased blood pressure
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often experience recurrent nightmares and profound difficulty sleeping. Such sleep disturbances can worsen and in turn perpetuate the symptoms of PTSD. ThedaCare’s Behavioral Health Specialists can provide additional clinical support to help patients experiencing disrupted sleep by addressing their fears, anger or depression.
Learn more about our Behavioral Health Care Team
Types of Sleep Disorders
There are more than 380 sleep disorders. Some of these problems are simply a nuisance, but others may be life-threatening. Here are some of the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorders:
- Sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
Find out how the sleep clinic can diagnose your problems and help you get the rest you need.