A. You snore
B. You lie awake for more than a half an hour every night
C. You have fallen asleep in social settings such as a movie or party
D . You wake up at night coughing or wheezing
E. You kick and jerk while you sleep
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Why can’t I sleep? Too many people find themselves asking this question. If you’re tossing and turning all night, it may be time to seek help. Take this quiz to find out what the problem might be — then make an appointment with your doctor .
As: You have symptoms of sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder which causes you to stop breathing repeatedly, often 100s of times in the night during your sleep.
Bs: You have symptoms of insomnia, a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
Cs: You have symptoms of narcolepsy, a lifelong disorder characterized by sleep attacks during the day.
Ds: You have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, a disorder caused by acid “backing up” into the esophagus during sleep.
Es: You have symptoms of periodic limb movement disorder or restless leg syndrome.
periodic limb movement disorder (uncontrollable leg or arm jerks during sleep)
restless leg syndrome (uncomfortable feelings in the legs at night).
Is it time to get help? Make an appointment with your doctor .
A. You’re gasping for breath
B. You have trouble getting back to sleep
C. You remember feeling paralyzed while asleep
D. You have an acidic or sour taste in your mouth
E. You have a leg cramp
A. Grumpy and irritable
B. Worried about whether you’ll get any sleep in the next week
C. In a daze
D. Dealing with frequent sore throats
E. Feeling sleepy, even though you slept well
Sleep needs vary from person to person. Age, genetics, lifestyle, and environment all play a role.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night. People who sleep seven hours a night are healthier and live longer. While the guideline is helpful, you are the best person to judge how much sleep you need.
Although snoring may be harmless for most people, it can be a symptom of a life-threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnea, especially if it is accompanied by severe daytime sleepiness.
Sleep apnea can be treated; men and women who snore loudly, especially if pauses in the snoring are noted, should consult a physician.
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