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Considering we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, the quality of our sleep has a big impact on the overall quality of our lives. Recurring sleep problems usually mean that other aspects of your life may be suffering as well. Physical health, work performance, social relations and even sexual behavior are all directly influenced by the amount and quality of your sleep. But once detected, most sleep disorders can be corrected.

This simple sleep quiz can help alert you to any problems resulting from poor quality sleep by informing you of symptoms that are similar to those in individuals with sleep disorders. This quiz is intended as a general source of educational information and does not contain medical advice. This guide SHOULD NOT be used for diagnosis or treatment. Remember, only a sleep center with experienced, accredited personnel can determine if you have a specific disorder.

Check any of the following symptoms you may have experienced within the last year:

1. I have difficulty falling asleep.
2. Thoughts race through my mind, and this prevents me from sleeping.
3. I am afraid to go to sleep.
4. I wake up during the night and can't go back to sleep.
5. I worry about things and have trouble relaxing.
6. I wake up earlier in the morning than I would like to.
7. I lie awake for a half hour or more before I fall asleep.
8. I feel sad and depressed.
9. I've been told I snore.
10. I've been told that I stop breathing while I sleep, although I don't remember this when I wake up.
11. I have high blood pressure.
12. My family and friends say that they have noticed a change in my personality.
13. I am gaining weight.
14. I sweat excessively during the night.
15. I have noticed my heart beating irregularly or pounding during the night.
16. I have morning headaches.
17. I have trouble sleeping when I have a cold.
18. I suddenly wake up unable to breathe through the night.
19. I am overweight.
20. I have lost interest in sex.
21. I feel sleepy during the daytime.
22. I have fallen asleep at school.
23. When I get angry or surprised, my body feels limp.
24. I have fallen asleep while driving.
25. I remember having vivid dreams as I fall asleep.
26. I feel like I am walking around in a daze.
27. I have fallen asleep while working.
28. I have fallen asleep when laughing or crying.
29. I have fallen asleep while eating.
30. I feel like I have to cram activities into every hour to get work done.
31. I nap frequently and wake refreshed.
32. I fall asleep no matter how hard I try to stay awake.
33. I remember having vivid nightmares when I go to sleep.
34. I have felt like I can't move when I fall asleep or wake up.
35. I fall asleep during the day when I feel that I have slept enough the night before.
36. I wake up at night with heartburn.
37. I have a chronic cough.
38. I wake up frequently with a dry mouth.
39. I use antacids almost every week for stomach trouble.
40. I wake up at night wheezing or coughing.
41. Frequently I have sore throats.
42. During the night, I suddenly wake up and am unable to go back to sleep.
43. I have muscle cramps in my legs.
44. I often feel that "I have to move my legs" and can't keep them still.
45. I have been told that I kick my legs throughout the night.
46. I awaken with sore "achy" muscles.
47. I awaken with leg pains at night.
48. Even though I have slept eight hours, I am sleepy at various times in the daytime.
49. In the morning when I awaken, my bed covers are a mess.
50. I frequently feel muscle tension in my legs even when I am not exercising.


Date Updated: 27-OCT-2010



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