When to Consult a Physician about Your Sleep Problem?

Ask yourself, as well as your sleep partner, the following questions to help determine whether you may need to consult a doctor for a referral to The Sleep Disorders Center at Swedish Medical Center.

Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day?

Do you have difficulty falling asleep?

Do you awaken frequently during the night?

Do others say you snore loudly?

Do others say you stop breathing during your sleep?

Do you suddenly awaken, gasping for breath?

Do you get morning headaches?

Do you feel your body going limp when you are angry or surprised?

Do you experience vivid dreamlike scenes upon falling asleep or awakening?

Do you experience leg pain during the night?

Do others say you kick and thrash while asleep?

Do you wake up with heartburn, coughing or wheezing?

Do you have recurrent episodes of sleepwalking, nightmares or abnormal behavior while sleeping, such as violent actions, head banging, etc.?

If you answered "yes" to two or more of these questions, you should talk to your physician about an evaluation at The Sleep Disorders Center.