Do you have a hard time falling asleep or staying awake?
Do you consistently awaken too early or have difficulty awakening? Does your snoring awaken you or your partner? Do you or your partner notice you wake up choking or gasping for breath?
These and many other symptoms indicate that you may have a sleep-related problem or a sleep disorder. Studies show 60 percent of American adults experience a sleep problem a few nights a week or more. You may not even be aware of how tired you are, thinking that there is nothing wrong. The great news is most sleep-related problems and sleep disorders can be successfully treated.
- One-third of your life is spent sleeping.
- The quality and quantity of your sleep have a direct effect on your daytime performance.
- Loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea syndrome, a medical problem that may be associated with high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Shift workers may experience symptoms similar to jet lag.
- Your sleep affects your mood and vice versa.
- People who sleep well and who allow themselves adequate amounts of sleep each night should feel awake and alert all day.
- It is possible for you to have a sleep disorder and not be aware of it.