Do You Need A Sleep Doctor?
Many of us have had trouble sleeping at some point or another in our lives. Perhaps you are a new parent, just got a new job or you are under stress of some sort. No matter what, sleeplessness is typically temporary. But, maybe what you thought was a temporary problem has now turned into a nightly affair? The 4 categories of sleep disorders are Dyssomnias, Parasomnias, medical or psychiatric conditions and Sleep Sickness. Within each category lies conditions that we are all familiar with, such as sleep apnea, snoring, sleepwalking, and insomnia among others.
Four Signs That You Should See A Sleep Doctor
- Do you wake up after what should have been enough rest, still feeling sleepy or groggy? During sleep, your body cycles between light sleep and deep sleep. If you are waking up feeling unrested, it could mean that your body is not entering the deep sleep cycle that helps restore your mind and body.
- Your sleep partner says that you snore or that your snoring sounds weird, or your breathing sounds interrupted. As much as 50% of the population snores. Most snoring is harmless, but it may still be a cause for concern. Snoring can be an indicator of sleep apnea, which is a sleeping condition in which one stops breathing at intervals during the night.
- Do you experience daytime sleepiness? The "after lunch" effect can be a real productivity crusher, and we've certainly all been there! However, if you notice that it is harder for you to refocus, and that you are falling asleep while sitting still or driving, you may have a problem. Not being able to kick that midday slum could be an indicator that you aren't getting the proper sleep at night.
- Do you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? Not being able to sleep might seem normal or temporary until it continues for longer than a month. If you find yourself wide awake while the rest of the world is sleeping, it might be insomnia or another medical condition keeping you up. A chronic sleep problem may require a little help to be nudged back to normality.
While we may specialize in mattresses, we won't shy away from sleep help if it is truly needed. If any of these signs apply to you, you may have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can prove to be dangerous, so be sure to give your doctor a call to discuss any symptoms that you might have. In the meantime, having an uber comfortable and supportive memory foam mattress and the proper pillow can be a tremendous help as well!
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