Saturday, 6 August 2011

How do you know if you have a sleep disorder?

I suggest you take the following online survey; it should take you less than 2 minutes to complete.

Online Sleep Disorders Screening Survey

Or 

Complete the following questionnaire:

Please read the statements below answering true or false for each one:

I feel sleepy during the day, even when I 
get a good night's sleep.
I get very irritable when I can't sleep.
I often wake up at night and have trouble 
falling back to sleep.
It usually takes me a long time to 
fall asleep.
I often wake up very early and can’t
fall back to sleep.
I experience an uncomfortable/restless 
sensation in my legs at night.
My legs often move or jerk during 
the night.
I sometimes wake up gasping 
for breath.
My bed partner says my snoring keeps 
her/him from sleeping.
I have fallen asleep while driving.

If you answered "true" to more than two questions you may have symptoms consistent with a sleep disorder. 

"Please review the information in An Overview of Sleep Disorders on the Harvard Medical School Healthy Sleep site, which explains the commonest sleep disorders in plain English. In addition, I would strongly encouraged you to discuss these sleep issues with your neurologist or MS clinical nurse specialist."

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