Do you yawn during long meetings or boring tasks? Do heavy meals make you drowsy? Do you roll over to catch a little extra shut-eye before getting up? If so -- you're probably a few zzz's short and could have a sleep disorder.
Find out if you do have a sleep disorder by taking this short quiz. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be dealing with insomnia or another type of sleep problem. Consult your doctor.
If you're confiding in a friend about sleep problems, the conversation might turn to topics like not getting enough rest or tossing and turning at night. But what about things your body does during sleep - like drooling, snoring, bedwetting, or passing gas - that you might be embarrassed to talk about by the light of day?
For example, take Kindra Hall, vice president of sales at a network marketing firm in Phoenix. She admits that drooling excessively while sleeping is a major source of embarrassment,...
Have you been told you hold your breath when you sleep? Yes or No
What Can I Expect if I See a Doctor About a Sleep Problem?
If your doctor suspects you may have a sleep problem, he or she may suggest that you go to a sleep clinic for a diagnosis. Sleep clinics are especially useful for diagnosing sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and heart-related sleep problems. You may need to spend a night or two in a sleep lab, where your heart, brain, and breathing can be monitored. By reviewing the results of your tests, a sleep specialist may be able to tell what, if anything, is wrong.