Sleep is a crucial part of your health and well-being. A sleep disorder can negatively affect your day-to-day life and even those around you.
Why Is Sleep Important?
Lack of sleep is linked to certain diseases and medical conditions. Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep a night for proper cognitive functioning and mental health.
What is a Sleep Disorder?
A Sleep Disorder is characterized as changes in sleeping patterns or habits that can negatively affect health. Nearly 70 million people in the United States suffer already suffer from a sleep disorder.
Do you think you may have a sleep disorder? Below are three simple assessments you can take to determine if you need further evaluation.
Epworth Sleep Scale
The Epworth Scale is a quick and simple test designed to detect if you may have a sleep disorder. Answer the following questions using the scale below: How likely are you to doze or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired?
This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to think about how they would have affected you.
About the Sleep Patterns & Associated Disorders Test
In addition to the disorders featured in this test, there are more than 75 other types of sleep disorders. Fortunately, most of these sleep problems can be relieved with proper treatment. Please keep in mind that this test is intended only as a general source of educational information. If you, or a family member, believe you have a problem sleeping or staying awake, you should consult your physician. Certain sleep disorders can be very serious, but most are easily treated.
If you have any problems or concerns with your quality of sleep, please call the Sleep Disorders Center of NGMC at 770-219-6263 for more information, or to schedule a consultation with our sleep specialist or medical director.