If you often feel very sleepy, even though you've spent enough time in bed to be well rested, talk with your doctor about whether you might benefit from a sleep study.
Doctors can diagnose some sleep disorders by asking questions about your sleep schedule and habits and by getting information from sleep partners or parents. To diagnose other sleep disorders, doctors also use the results from sleep studies and other medical tests.
Sleep studies often are used to diagnose sleep-related breathing disorders. Signs of these disorders include loud snoring, gasping, or choking sounds while you sleep or pauses in breathing during sleep.
Other common signs and symptoms of sleep disorders include the following:
Talk with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of a sleep disorder. It's important to note how tired you feel and whether your signs and symptoms affect your daily routine.
In infants and children, many of the same signs and symptoms of sleep disorders can occur. If your child has persistent snoring or other signs or symptoms of sleep problems, talk with his or her doctor.
If you've had a sleep disorder for a long time, it may be hard for you to notice how it affects your daily routine.
Your doctor will work with you to help decide whether you need a sleep study. A sleep study allows your doctor to observe sleep patterns and diagnose a sleep disorder, which can then be treated.
Certain medical conditions have been linked to sleep disorders. These include heart failure, coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA, or "mini-stroke").
If you have or have had one of these conditions, talk with your doctor about whether it would be helpful to have a sleep study.