Sleeping difficulty is when one has trouble sleeping at night. It may be hard to fall asleep, or one may wake up several times throughout the night. Signs of sleeping difficulty may include an inability to focus during the day, frequent headaches, irritability, daytime fatigue, waking up to early, waking up throughout the night, or taking several hours to fall asleep. One may also experience low energy during the day or have noticeably dark circles under the eyes.
HOW IS TROUBLE SLEEPING DIAGNOSED?
In addition to asking you a number of questions, a general physician may have you complete a questionnaire to determine your sleep-wake pattern and your level of daytime sleepiness. You may also be asked to keep a sleep diary for a couple of weeks if you haven't already done so. Occasionally, a blood test may be done to check for thyroid problems or other conditions that can cause trouble sleeping.
HOW IS TROUBLE SLEEPING TREATED?
The treatment of Trouble Sleeping involves medication, lifestyle changes and home-remedies.
DID YOU KNOW?
A sleep diary is a very useful tool for identifying sleep disorders and sleeping problems and pinpointing both day and nighttime habits that may be contributing to your difficulties. Keeping a record of your sleep patterns and problems will also prove helpful if you eventually find it necessary to see a sleep doctor.