How to Find if You Have a Sleep Disorder
How long has it been that you’ve slept properly?
If it has been only a few days and there is a solid reason for the sleep disturbance, then you really need to get your routine back on track. However, if you have not been able to have a good sleep for many days now, and everybody now identifies you as a tired-looking person, then you may be looking at a bigger problem.
The sleep problem that persists for a longer period of time can develop into a serious sleep disorder.
Now, it is important to know that you can identify between the two. Basically, an extended version of a sleep problem is a sleep disorder. The order of your sleeping routine is disturbed and no matter how exhausted or tired you are at night, it has been set in your DNA that disturbs the normal sleeping pattern, and you cannot seem to change it, even if you want to.
If you identify with the below-given problems and you have been noticing these on a regular basis, then you may have a sleep disorder.
If you feel that people around you cannot sleep properly because of the sound you create and then you yourself are not able to sleep properly because of it, then it can be identified as a sleeping disorder.
Sleep apnea is a condition where the person has a breathing obstruction while sleeping on the back, and he /she snores. While sleeping on the back may feel relaxing, but people suffering from sleep apnea cannot lie and sleep in this position for a longer duration.
If only this is the problem because of which you feel drowsy and tired throughout the day, then changing the default position to side sleeping can be beneficial for you.
Now sleeping on the side can also have its side-effects, such as shoulder pain, neck pain, improper posture, etc. For all these problems, you can invest in a comfortable mattress that will provide you all the comfort and support in the appropriate areas of the body.
Restlessness in the legs
While it may seem like a common problem when you move your leg while sitting in a comfortable position, which can be misunderstood with nervousness or restlessness, but it can be a sign of a sleeping disorder.
People who twitch a lot while lying in a comfortable position and cannot seem to sit in a position for a longer duration may indicate a long-term sleeping disorder called Restless Leg Syndrome. These are the people who move their legs a lot while sitting and constantly change their sitting position.
Difficulty in concentrating and focus
If it looks like a regular habit that people tell you that you cannot focus on work for a longer duration, and you yourself identify with having concentration problems while performing any task, then it may be a sign of a sleeping disorder.
Trouble controlling your emotions
It is only natural to burst out on someone who makes you feel irritated when you’re short on sleep, but if it happens on a regular basis without any reason, then it may be a sign of a sleep disorder.
Not only it may be dangerous to your physical health, but this regular behavior may develop into weak social relationships that may eventually affect your psychological health as well.
Toss and turn for more than 30 minutes in the night
If it seems like it takes almost forever for you to sleep at night, no matter how much you try, it may indicate a sleep disorder. Once in awhile occurrence of such a problem may be related to stress at work or in relationships. However, if it is a regular occurrence and there seems to be no reason for it, then it is most likely that you are suffering from a sleep disorder.
If it is almost every other night that you have a nightmare, then it is possible that you’re suffering from a sleep disorder.
If it has reached a point where you are almost scared to sleep, you know that condition is really serious.
Sleep disorders can disrupt the quality of life in much more harmful ways that one can imagine. This can strip the ability of a person to work productively, affect physical health and memory, and potentially damage the relationships as well.
To self-diagnose yourself if you’re suffering from sleep disorders, there must be a persistent sign of the above-discussed symptoms that are causing a significant impact on your physiological and psychological health.
A bad week of stress and sleep can be difficult to handle but a bad sleeping pattern is more difficult to deal with on your own. Hence, Durfi recommends consulting a therapist to deal with such irregular sleeping patterns.
We can improve your quality of sleep but the therapist will improve your quality of life.