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Sleep Disorders: Symptoms and Complications

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Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorders

Unlike temporary fatigue, the symptoms of a sleep disorder are persistent and more severe.

Sleep disorder symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep
  • Consistent nighttime awakening
  • Snoring or choking while sleeping
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Frequent daytime napping
  • Feeling tired even after a long rest
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times

Complications of Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders often result in complications such as:

  • Reduced productivity
  • Increased absenteeism from work
  • Disrupted social relationships
  • Increased incidences of automobile and work-related accidents
  • Depression

They can also contribute to serious medical problems like:

Keeping a Sleep Diary

If you think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, we recommend maintaining a sleep diary for several weeks prior to visiting the UPMC Hamot Sleep Disorders Center.

Keep track of your sleep schedule and habits, and take note if you are:

  • Having difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Experiencing drowsiness when you drive
  • Feeling moody and becoming irritable with others
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