Take this quick quiz for insight into your sleeping habits and what may be keeping you up at night
Why can’t I sleep? Too many people find themselves asking this question. If you’re tossing and turning all night, it may be time to seek help. Take this quiz to find out what the problem might be — then make an appointment with your doctor.
1. When you wake up in the middle of the night, you find:
A. You’re gasping for breath
B. You have trouble getting back to sleep
C. You remember feeling paralyzed while asleep
D. You have an acidic or sour taste in your mouth
E. You have a leg cramp
2. Your partner’s biggest complaint about your sleep habits is:
A. You snore
B. You lie awake for more than a half an hour every night
C. You have fallen asleep in social settings such as a movie or party
D. You wake up at night coughing or wheezing
E. You kick and jerk while you sleep
3. During the day, you find you’re often:
A. Grumpy and irritable
B. Worried about whether you’ll get any sleep in the next week
C. In a daze
D. Dealing with frequent sore throats
E. Feeling sleepy, even though you slept well
If you answered mostly:
As: You have symptoms of sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder which causes you to stop breathing repeatedly, often hundreds of times in the night during your sleep.
Bs: You have symptoms of insomnia, a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
Cs: You have symptoms of narcolepsy, a lifelong disorder characterized by sleep attacks during the day.
Ds: You have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, a disorder caused by acid “backing up” into the esophagus during sleep.
Es: You have symptoms of periodic limb movement disorder (uncontrollable leg or arm jerks during sleep) or restless leg syndrome (uncomfortable feelings in the legs at night).
Is it time to get help? Make an appointment with your doctor.