Poor sleep - A silent health problem

If getting good sleep is a challenge for you, you’re not alone. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a third of Americans are sleep deprived. Having an occasional poor night’s sleep may not be a problem, but continual lack of sleep contributes quietly to issues like stroke and heart problems.

Are you getting enough sleep?

A subtle health issue that happens over time, lack of sleep may or may not be affecting your health. A good place to start is by recording sleep patterns. If you think you might have a sleep disorder, download, print, and fill out this sleep diary to log your sleep habits. Also, take a moment to review the common reasons for poor sleep.

Common reasons for poor sleep

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a nighttime breathing disorder. Signs of this disorder include loud snoring, abnormal breathing and excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder are discomforts or twitching in the legs that occurs after going to bed causing sleep disruption.
  • Narcolepsy is a disorder of excessive daytime sleepiness, characterized by sudden and uncontrollable attacks of deep sleep.
  • Parasomnias are disruptive sleep-related behaviors that range from night terrors to sleep walking.
  • Insomnia is the chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time.

When to seek help

Sometimes, getting better sleep means finding help. The Sleep Disorder Centers at Baptist provide diagnostic services and treatment to patients who show symptoms of a sleep disorder.

Across the system, our physicians and sleep specialists perform more than 5,000 studies each year, helping patients find ways to sleep better. To learn more about our Sleep Disorder Centers, click here.