Have you experienced any of these symptoms?
If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you may suffer from Sleep Apnea.
The results of your answers to the following list of questions may indicate if you need to consult us about sleep disorders, sleep apnea, or excessive snoring:
Have you ever been diagnosed or treated for sleep apnea?
Do you have allergies or problems breathing?
Do you have any problems with breathing through your nose?
Do you drink alcohol and or take sedatives six hours prior to going to sleep?
Are their disorders of sleep apnea in your family?
Have you sought treatment for snoring?
Are You Experiencing Excessive Daytime Sleepiness?
Are you sleepy during the day? You may be experiencing Excessive Daytime Sleepiness.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
How Sleepy Are You?
Use the questionnaire above to determine your level of daytime sleepiness and whether you might be experiencing signs of a sleep disorder.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) is a condition in which an individual feels very drowsy during the day and has an overwhelming urge to fall asleep, even after getting enough nighttime sleep. People with EDS frequently doze, nap, or fall asleep in situations where they need or want to be fully awake and alert. This can be particularly dangerous at times, such as when driving a car or operating other hazardous machinery.
EDS can interfere significantly with a person's ability to concentrate and perform daily tasks and routines. People with EDS often report feelings of low self-esteem, frustration, and anger about being misunderstood and regarded as unintelligent, lazy or uninterested in learning. They also report having difficulty with relationships -- in social situations, in the workplace, and within the family.
EDS is a sign of an underlying medical condition, typically a sleep disorder.
The following sleep disorders are often associated with excessive daytime sleepiness:
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the region of the central nervous system that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Symptoms of narcolepsy generally appear in the second decade of life. It affects an estimated 200,000 Americans and is characterized by the following signs and symptoms:*
* Not all individuals with narcolepsy experience every sign or symptom.
Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening breathing disorder which affects 6 million adult Americans. Some studies indicate that it is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. More common in men than women, apnea is experienced by sufferers as a lack of air flow throughout the night. This leads to frequent brief arousals. Sleep apnea occurs in four percent of middle-aged men and two percent of middle-aged women. Over age 65, the prevalence rises to 28 percent and 24 percent for men and women respectively. Sleep apnea is characterized by the following signs and symptoms:
Periodic Leg Movements in Sleep (PLMS)
Periodic leg movements in sleep (PLMS) is a syndrome that consists of periodic movements of the legs, feet, and/or toes during sleep. People with PLMS are often not aware of these movements, and often complain of several symptoms, including:
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is marked by uncomfortable leg sensations that occur continually while the body is at rest. It may be a central nervous system disorder and occasionally is associated with iron-deficiency anemia, pregnancy or diabetes. RLS is the basic cause of sleep deprivation for up to an estimated 4 million adult Americans. RLS is characterized by the following signs and symptoms:
More than 25 million Americans have non-traditional work schedules, and many of these individuals have difficulty sleeping during the day and staying alert on the job at night. Shift workers' struggles are biologically based: Their sleep and work schedules conflict with their biological clocks. The biological clock or circadian rhythm is the fluctuation of sleep-wake states. This fluctuation is generally linked to the 24-hour, daily dark-light cycle. Shift workers attempt to sleep when their bodies tell them to be awake, which often results in chronic sleep loss. Shift workers are more likely than people who keep "traditional" work schedules to experience:
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understanding of sleep and sleep disorders and supports sleep-related
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Dr. Steven J. Wilk
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Denver CO 80237