Did you know that you can go longer without food than you can without sleep? A person can go almost 20 days without food but can’t go longer than 11 days without sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our overall physical and mental well-being.
Lack of sleep can cause high blood pressure, lower your immune system, lead to weight gain, and even put you at a higher risk for diabetes. Mentally, going without sleep can cause memory issues, mood changes, and can impair your ability to concentrate and think properly. It is safe to say that the better you sleep the better your health is.
If you struggle to sleep, you are not alone. Between 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders. What can help you and millions of others with their sleep problems, is to take them seriously. One thing you can do to get better sleep is to get a sleep study.
Seven Signs You May Need A Sleep Study
- You snore at night
Snoring not only affects your partner’s quality of sleep but can also affect your own. If you are snoring loudly every night or gasping for air you may be suffering from a sleep-related breathing disorder. Even infrequent light snoring shouldn’t be ignored. This could indicate some sort of blocked airway. A sleep study will be able to help you determine what kind of breathing disorder you may have, and lead to a proper diagnosis. The faster the diagnosis the better.
- You have trouble falling and staying asleep
Everyone goes through stressful times that affect our ability to fall asleep. But, when you are regularly unable to fall asleep each night, that is a red flag. All the tossing and turning could be a sign of insomnia, which happens to be a common sleep disorder.
- You have trouble staying awake during the day
If you are finding yourself reaching for a cup of coffee for the 5th time in the afternoon just to stay awake, there may be something else going on. If you cannot stay up at work or enjoy activities you used to, your internal clock may be off. This means that your cardiac rhythm could be off, which could be determined from a sleep study. If your lack of sleep is diminishing your quality of life, do not hesitate to reach out to your doctor and schedule a sleep study.
- Your legs are restless at night
Have you ever been trying to go to sleep when suddenly you have an urge to move your legs? If so you may have Restless Legs Syndrome (RSL). The feeling of the need to move your legs can become painful or cause discomfort as the night goes on. If you don’t have the urge to move your legs but your legs or arms twitch at night, you could have periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). PLMD is a rare sleep disorder that is characterized by twitching and jerking movements of the limbs. Since it is a sleep disorder, some people don’t even know they have PLMD. A sleep study will be able to determine the proper diagnosis for your sleep issues.
- You sleepwalk
Sleepwalking is more common in children than adults, but can still happen. Sleepwalking includes anything from getting up out of bed, to walking down the street while in a state of sleep. If you have only sleepwalked once or twice, there isn’t too much to worry about. It is when sleepwalking becomes a regular occurrence that it should be a concern. Sleepwalking can be incredibly dangerous and needs to be solved as soon as possible. If you start having frequent sleepwalking symptoms contact your doctor and request a sleep study.
- You have nightmares
We all have had nightmares that have woken us up. But, if you are having regular nightmares that make you scream, sweat, and thrash around, this is not normal. This can prevent you from falling back asleep and getting a night of restful sleep. Getting a sleep study can help determine the proper course of action for dealing with nightmares.
- You wake up with headaches
Having a headache after you wake up is the worst. If you are waking up every day with a headache instead of being well-rested, you could be a candidate for a sleep study. Having a headache when you wake up can happen for a number of reasons. It could be because of insomnia, sleep apnea, or migraines that follow your sleep cycle. To determine the cause of your headaches talk with your doctor and schedule a sleep study.
If you are experiencing one of the seven signs indicated above, talk to your doctor. You can learn more about our Sleep Study services here, and schedule a sleep study with Medical Imaging Express today.