9 Questions to Ask Yourself for Better Sleep

1
Am I Tossing and Turning?

Insomnia

Insomnia is the most commonly encountered sleep disorder and occurs more as we get older. Women are more likely to report symptoms, in particular within the setting of sleep apnea that occurs beyond menopause. Insomnia also seems to be more common among those who are unemployed, single, or of low socioeconomic status.

2
Am I Having Trouble Breathing?

Sleep apnea

Someone with sleep apnea may experience loud snoring, brief pauses in breathing, and intermittent gasping. During apnea events, the oxygen level of the blood drops, the heart rate increases, and sleep becomes disrupted as the affected person wakes up to resume breathing. This can have significant consequences on one's sleep quality, daytime function, and overall health.

3
How Long Does It Take Me to Nod Off?

Falling asleep

Life can get complicated. Some of our expectations regarding our sleep might be slightly misguided. The thought that we will doze off almost immediately upon retiring to our beds can be misleading. Deadlines, responsibilities, anxiety, or even other health issues can impact the rate at which we fall asleep.

4
Could I Have a Serious Issue?

Sleep disorders

Sometimes it's helpful, from a psychological as well as a medical standpoint, to look at the long list of established sleep issues that may be affecting you. It may help you label the problem that is disturbing your ability to sleep and feel refreshed.

5
Is My Child Getting Enough Shut-Eye?

Kid sleep

When children don't get enough sleep at night to meet their age-based sleep needs, they are at risk of undermining their overall health. Researchers hypothesize that sleep disruption may cause permanent damage to the area of the brain called the hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating appetite and energy expenditure.

6
Do I Have Trouble Waking Up?

Sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis is a transient inability to move or speak as one goes from sleep to wakefulness, without other findings characteristic of narcolepsy. No treatment is needed, but avoiding sleep deprivation, stress, and other precipitants may be helpful. 

7
Am I Tired Mid-Day?

Afternoon nap

When it comes to reaping the benefits of napping, it's all about experiencing the right stages of sleep. If your nap takes you from stage one sleep (just drifting off) to stage two (when brain activity slows), you will wake up feeling energized and more alert. If your nap takes you into stages three and four (deep sleep), however, you will not wake easily and will likely feel groggy and tired. 

8
Do I Get a Solid Night's Sleep?

Adult sleep

Studies on sleep show that those who get significantly less than the recommended hours each night may be operating under a sleep deficit. As a result, they may be prone to mild to moderate cognitive impairment, motor skill impairment, emotional irritability, weight gain, and weakened immunity.

9
Am I Dozing off Too Fast?

Pathologically sleepy

You may consider yourself a perfect sleeper if you nod off quickly. You sleep extremely deeply and it seems that you could take a nap at any time and fall asleep anywhere. It may seem odd, but ​being able to fall asleep fast can actually be a sign of an abnormality with your sleep.

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