Queen of Sleep

Living with narcolepsy: a personal journey

Do you know if you have a Sleep Disorder?

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This is a list of common signs of sleep disorders:

1. It takes you longer than 30min to fall a sleep at night.

2. You wake up frequently during the night and have trouble falling asleep again.

3. You wake up too early in the morning.

4. You frequently don’t feel well rested despite spending 7-8 hours or more asleep at night.

5. You feel sleepy during the day and fall asleep within 5 minutes if you have an opportunity to nap, or you fall asleep at inappropriate times during the day.

6. Your bedpartner claims that you snore loudly, snort, gasp or make choking sounds while you sleep, or your partner notices that your breathing stops for short periods.

7. You have a creeping, tingling, or crawling feelings in your legs that are relieved by moving or massaging them, especially in the evening and when you try to fall asleep.

8. You have vivid, dreamlike experiences, while falling asleep or dozing.

9. You have episodes of sudden muscle weakness when you are angry, fearful, or when you laugh.

10. You feel as you  cannot move when you first wake up.

11. Your bed partner notes that your legs or arms jerk often during sleep.

12. You regularly need to use stimulants to stay awake during the day.

I found this information while I was researching something else 6months ago and thought it would be useful. Unfortunately I have lost the reference.

They also write: “keep in mind that, although children can show some of the same signs of a sleep disorder, they often do not show signs of excessive daytime sleepiness Instead, they may seem overactive and have difficulty focusing and concentrating. They also may not do their best in school.”

Whenever I visit my specialist and mention another symptom (as I am getting better at noticing how my body behaves) he just replies: oh, yes, that can happen too so the list above is by no means complete for any of the sleep disorders.

Do talk to your GP if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

Written by Queen of Sleep

November 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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