Common symptoms of a sleep disorder

Do you wake up from nightmares? Does the person sleeping in your room complain about you disturbing them with your snoring sound? Do you have trouble falling asleep or do you stay awake through the night? do you have a hard time waking up at all? Does any of these happen more frequently? If the answer is yes, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder and your body is indicating you to schedule an appointment with a doctor. In addition, abnormal sleep patterns, heart rate and rapid eye movements may be some ways to identify troubles related to your sleep. Some common symptoms of sleep disorders are as follows:

  • Feeling irritable for trivial issues
  • Feeling excessively sleepy during daytime, even if you are walking, talking, eating, driving, etc.
  • Finding it difficult to stay awake or excessive drooling when required or while performing an important task.
  • Have trouble falling asleep, sleeping continuously through the night, or waking up too early.
  • Fatigue or feeling very tired even for little physical activity.
  • Having difficulty in concentrating on an assigned job or a conversation you are involved in.
  • Difficulty in responding to others or having a late reaction to things around you.
  • Having no or less control over your emotions.
  • Difficulty in breathing properly during sleep leading to feeling choked occasionally.
  • Frequent bedwetting.
  • Having regular teeth grinding leading to teeth damage and other complications like jaw muscle discomfort, TMJ pain, etc.
  • Having a disruptive sleep pattern with habitual snoring, thereby suffering an impaired sleep quality.
  • Frequent sleep-walking.
  • Regular and frequent choking or absence of breath during sleep.
  • Excessive sweating at night.
  • Having a dry mouth or a sore throat when you wake up from sleep.

This may even be characterized by eating disorders that have abnormal eating patterns or binge eating during the night. This might lead to adverse health conditions like heartburn, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, kidney disease, mental health problems, neurological disorders, respiratory problems, and thyroid issues. Your sleep problem may be taking a toll on your mental and physical health in more than one way. And not just yours, you may be giving sleepless nights to a person who is sleeping with you or sharing your room. It is better for you to take note of the behavioral traits listed above to identify such sleep disorders and take suitable actions before it gets worse.

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