Although many people experience occasional trouble sleeping, if the problem is severe or persistent, it may require medical attention. Sleep problems contribute to a variety of serious chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and congestive heart failure.
If your sleep has been disturbed for more than a month and it begins to interfere with your ability to drive, hold a job, stay in school or perform normal daily activities, a physician and board-certified sleep specialist should evaluate you. MedStar Health can help you get back on the road to a good night's sleep. Our sleep centers provide comprehensive assessment for adults and children with sleep disorders.
Symptoms associated with sleep disorders include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Short-term or chronic insomnia (the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep)
- Snoring or irregular breathing during sleep
- Restless leg syndrome or other periodic limb movements
- Unexplained or worsening heart failure or edema
- Unexplained pulmonary hypertension
- Difficulty in controlling hypertension
- Sleep walking and other sleep disturbance behaviors
- Frequent morning headaches