Georgetown Health Care Center
Physicians often ask the following four questions to screen patients for sleep disorders:.
Do you have trouble sleeping--either falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting enough sleep? If so, you may have a disorder of initiating and maintaining sleep. Short term insomnia, which typically lasts less than three weeks, is usually associated with some sort of stressful event. Chronic insomnia, which lasts several months, may be caused by depression and anxiety; painful or frequent urination; use of certain prescription medications; or exercising or consuming heavy meals just prior to bedtime.
Do you feel excessively sleepy when engaged in your usual daytime activities or do you tend to fall asleep when trying not to? If so, if you don't have insomnia, you may have a problem known as excessive daytime somnolence (EDS). Poor sleep habits and certain medications and medical conditions may cause EDS. Your physician can help with this problem.
Do you snore or note any abnormalities in breathing? A "yes" response here may indicate a sleep-associated breathing disorder. In many instances, individuals are unaware of the symptoms and may overlook the early morning headache or poor concentration that may result. Contact your physician for more information.
Do you or your bed partner notice any unusal movements at night? This may suggest periodic leg movements or parasomnia. Once diagnosed, these problems can often be successfully treated with medications.
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