You Need To See A Sleep Doctor If…


Most of us have faced trouble sleeping at least once. This is normal and usually temporary too, but it’s very easy to get confused whether or not you have a serious disorder and actually need to see a doctor for your sleep troubles. Always remember, any physical or psychological problem that impairs your ability to sleep on a daily basis or causes increased sleepiness during the day, qualifies as a sleep disorder. If you’re confused whether you need to see a sleep doctor, here’s help!

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Man snoring and wife getting disturbed, see a sleep doctor,

Any sleep disorder must be treated as soon as possible!

Everyone experiences sleep problems occasionally, but how can you tell whether your sleeping problem is a minor, passing annoyance or the initial sign of a more serious sleep disorder? The easiest way out is to look for apparent symptoms. You may be dealing with a sleep disorder if…

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Girl Feeling sleepy at work, see a sleep doctor,

Feeling sleepy at work may not be due to monotony after all

  • You feel irritable and/or sleepy during the day
  • You have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching TV, reading or doing a daily chore
  • You face difficulty falling asleep every night
  • You feel sleepy, doze off or feel tired while driving
  • You can’t concentrate
  • Your attention span has reduced
  • You keep feeling lethargic and tired most of the time
  • You get emotional often
  • You are tempted to nap at various times in the day
  • You require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going

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  • You take a long time falling asleep at night or getting back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night
  • You tend to wake up frequently at night
  • You feel exhausted even after sleeping for hours
  • You feel low on energy during the day
  • You tend to snore aloud, a lot
  • You have either gasped, snorted or choked at least once while sleeping

Also read: Does your snoring indicate health disorders like sleep apnea?

Woman waking up with a headache, see a sleep doctor,

Waking up with a headache could be a sign of an underlying sleep disorder

  • You wake up with a jerk at night because you had paused breathing while asleep
  • You wake up with a headache, nasal congestion or a dry throat
  • You feel an uncomfortable sensation in your legs which may indicate a restless leg syndrome (RLS)
  • You keep moving and jerking your legs all day and can’t keep them still for more than 2-3 minutes
  • You get foot/leg cramps in your sleep
  • You dream almost every time you sleep or nap
  • You need pills or other type of assistance to get sleep
woman taking a sleeping pill, see a sleep doctor,

Do not resort to taking sleeping pills to fall asleep; instead, seek medical help ASAP!

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If you or your family has notice any of the aforementioned symptoms as you sleep, then you definitely need to see a sleep doctor as you may have an underlying sleep disorder such as, insomnia, sleep apnea, Narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome or delayed sleep phase disorder. Nowadays, there are doctors who specialize in sleep disorders. If you can find one in your city, great; else, at least visit a general physician who can tell you the way forward.

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