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If you’re suffering from restless nights and tired days, you might be wondering if you have a sleep disorder. A sleep disorder is any type of chronic condition that stops you from getting a good night of sleep, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, and a number of others.

A sleep disorder can be serious as it affects your health, safety while driving, cooking, or operating machinery, your mental health and happiness, and your general quality of life. Sleep deprivation can also increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

How do you know if you have a sleep disorder?

There are signs of sleep disorders that you might have experienced, such as the following:

  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Restless movement in your sleep
  • Broken sleep
  • Unusual wake cycle
  • Heavy snoring
  • Difficulty breathing at night
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Falling asleep at odd times (while driving, in a meeting, or during conversation) 
  • Sleepwalking (may include sleep binge eating or sleep sexual activity)
  • An uncomfortable or urgent urge to move as you fall asleep 
  • And more

In essence, if you are having trouble sleeping and feel tired all day, there’s a good chance you have a sleep disorder.

What are four of the most common signs of sleep disorders?

Four of the most common sleep disorders are as follows, and these are the most common signs that indicate you are suffering from these sleep disorders:


Signs of insomnia: 

  • Difficulty falling asleep 
  • Difficulty staying asleep 

Sleep apnea

Signs of sleep apnea:

  • Heavy snoring
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Dry mouth on awakening
  • Headache in the mornings

Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

Signs of RLS:

  • An uncomfortable sensation of restless motion while trying to sleep
  • An urge to move the legs while trying to fall asleep


Signs of narcolepsy:

  • Extreme sleepiness during the day 
  • Falling asleep suddenly during the day.

Resolve your sleep disorder at Texas ENT Specialists

Your team at Texas ENT Specialists has more than 20 years of experience helping patients with a wide range of concerns, including sleep disorders. Texas ENT Specialists is comprised of trusted, highly-trained physicians and specialists who are dedicated to helping patients who are looking to improve their quality of life and finally get a good night of sleep again. At Texas ENT Specialists, you can expect compassion, professionalism, customized treatments–and most importantly, results. We work to ensure your experience is positive and your sleep is finally solid and restful. Please call today to schedule a consultation to find out more about what we can do to help address your sleep disorder at Texas ENT.

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