Do you think you have a sleep disorder, but can’t put your finger on what it might be? There is a quiz put out by Emory Healthcare called the “Sleep Disorder Screening Questionnaire” that might help point you in the right direction as to what is going on:
- I have been told that I snore.
- I have been told that I stop breathing when I sleep.
- I have high blood pressure
- My friends and family say that I’m grumpy and irritable.
- I have fallen asleep while driving.
- I have noticed my heart pounding or beating irregularly during the night.
- I get morning headaches.
- I suddenly wake gasping for breath.
- I am overweight.
- I seem to be losing my sex drive.
- I often feel sleepy and struggle to remain alert.
- I frequently wake with a dry mouth.
- I have difficulty falling asleep.
- Thoughts race through my mind and prevent me from sleeping.
- I anticipate a problem with sleep several times a week.
- I wake up and cannot go back to sleep.
- I worry about things and have trouble relaxing.
- I wake up earlier in the morning than I would like to.
- I lie awake for half an hour or more before I fall asleep.
- When I am angry or surprised, I fell like my muscles go limp.
- I often feel like I am in a daze.
- I have experienced vivid dreamlike scenes.
- I have fallen asleep in social settings such as the movies or at a party.
- I have trouble at work because of sleepiness.
- I have dreams soon after falling asleep or during naps.
- I have “sleep attacks” during the day no matter how hard I try to stay awake.
- I have had episodes of feeling paralyzed during my sleep or on awakening.
- Other than when exercising. I still experience muscle tension in my legs.
- I have noticed (or others have commented) that parts of my body jerk during sleep.
- I have been told I kick at night.
- When trying to go to sleep, I experience an aching or crawling sensation in my legs.
- I experience leg pain and crams at night.
- Sometimes I can’t keep my legs still at night. I just have to move them to feel comfortable.
- Even though I slept during the night, I feel sleepy during the day.
Questions 1-12: If you marked three of more boxes, you show symptoms of Sleep Apnea – a potentially serious disorder which causes you to stop breathing repeatedly, often hundreds of times in the night during your sleep.
Questions 13-19: If you marked three or more boxes, you show symptoms of insomnia – a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
Questions 20-27: If you marked three or more boxes, you show symptoms of Narcolepsy – a life long disorder characterized by uncontrollable sleep attacks during the day.
Questions 28-34: If you marked three or more boxes, you show symptoms of Periodic Limb Movement Disorder uncontrollable leg or arm jerks during sleep of Restless Leg Syndrome – uncomfortable feelings in the legs at night.
Surprised by your results? Since this is for informational purposes only, please contact your healthcare professional for your true sleep diagnosis.