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:

  1. I have been told that I snore.
  2. I have been told that I stop breathing when I sleep.
  3. I have high blood pressure
  4. My friends and family say that I’m grumpy and irritable.
  5. I have fallen asleep while driving.
  6. I have noticed my heart pounding or beating irregularly during the night.
  7. I get morning headaches.
  8. I suddenly wake gasping for breath.
  9. I am overweight.
  10. I seem to be losing my sex drive.
  11. I often feel sleepy and struggle to remain alert.
  12. I frequently wake with a dry mouth.
  13. I have difficulty falling asleep.
  14. Thoughts race through my mind and prevent me from sleeping.
  15. I anticipate a problem with sleep several times a week.
  16. I wake up and cannot go back to sleep.
  17. I worry about things and have trouble relaxing.
  18. I wake up earlier in the morning than I would like to.
  19. I lie awake for half an hour or more before I fall asleep.
  20. When I am angry or surprised, I fell like my muscles go limp.
  21. I often feel like I am in a daze.
  22. I have experienced vivid dreamlike scenes.
  23. I have fallen asleep in social settings such as the movies or at a party.
  24. I have trouble at work because of sleepiness.
  25. I have dreams soon after falling asleep or during naps.
  26. I have “sleep attacks” during the day no matter how hard I try to stay awake.
  27. I have had episodes of feeling paralyzed during my sleep or on awakening.
  28. Other than when exercising. I still experience muscle tension in my legs.
  29. I have noticed (or others have commented) that parts of my body jerk during sleep.
  30. I have been told I kick at night.
  31. When trying to go to sleep, I experience an aching or crawling sensation in my legs.
  32. I experience leg pain and crams at night.
  33. Sometimes I can’t keep my legs still at night. I just have to move them to feel comfortable.
  34. Even though I slept during the night, I feel sleepy during the day.

Scoring

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.