What are the common signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may benefit from meeting with an expert sleep specialist.

  • Loud and disturbing snoring

  • Trouble falling asleep several times per week

  • Difficulty staying asleep all night

  • Excessive drowsiness or tiredness throughout the day

  • Frequent headaches or dry/sore throat

  • Difficulty staying awake during the day, even when driving or working

  • Itchy, uncomfortable feeling in your legs

  • Unusual behaviors during the night

What are the risk factors for sleep disorders?

Some factors increase the likelihood of developing a sleep disorder:

  • Age: Disorders are more common in adults over 40.

  • Gender: Women are more likely to suffer from insomnia. Men are more likely to have sleep apnea.

  • Weight: Being overweight or obese significantly increases the likelihood of a sleep disorder.

  • Other medical problems: Those who suffer from high blood pressure, anxiety, or depression have a higher risk.

What can I do to help myself sleep better?

There are many ways to improve your “sleep hygiene” and help yourself get a better night’s sleep:

  • Establish a routine for going to bed, and stick with it

  • Exercise regularly, ideally every day

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco for several hours before bedtime

  • Take time to unwind before you begin your nightly routine; learn relaxation techniques

  • Always sleep in a bed in a dark, quiet room

I’d like to learn more about sleep disorders. What are some recommended resources for information?