Reviewed by Sheila Tsai, MD

While almost everyone deals with occasional sleeping problems, more frequent issues with sleeping are a strong indication of a sleep disorder. If you often experience one or more of these symptoms, discuss your sleeping problems or concerns with your health care provider:

  • Excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.

  • Difficulty sleeping,including trouble falling asleep, waking frequently during the night, waking too early and not being able to fall back asleep or waking unrefreshed

  • Accidents or near miss accidents due to sleepiness

  • Loud or frequent snoring

  • Pauses in breathing or gasping for breath during sleep, as reported by others

  • Difficulty concentrating or memory problems

  • Morning headaches

  • Nighttime leg discomfort or movement of your arms or legs while sleeping.

  • Weakness or loss of muscle strength, often in response to a strong emotion.

  • Sleepwalking or sleep talking (parasomnias).

  • Hypertension, or high blood pressure.


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Alternative Treatment for Insomnia in Adults

Have you taken medication for insomnia for more than a year? Would you like to stop? If you are age 21 to 80, you may qualify for a clinical trial. Participants receive compensation and insomnia therapy at no cost.

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