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.
Stacey Sanner, 51, a PR consultant in Seattle and avid runner, is partial to sleeping on her right side. In her 20s, following a knee injury, she switched her primary sleep position from her stomach to her side and added a pillow between her legs.
"I have never been able to sleep on my back," she says. "When I started having lower back trouble, my doctor told me, ''One of the best things to do is sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees.'"
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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.