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Keep Falling Asleep Randomly? Signs You Might Have a Sleep Disorder

Keep Falling Asleep Randomly? Signs You Might Have a Sleep Disorder

Posted On: August 14, 2020

Do you keep falling asleep randomly? There’s a difference between the occasional “bad night’s sleep” and chronic poor sleep patterns that affect our daily life as well as our mental and physical health.

If you’ve noticed some of these things on the list, there’s a chance you might have a sleep disorder.

Sign #1 Always Feeling Tired Even When You Get Enough Sleep

If you’re still tired after a full night’s slumber, there’s a chance there’s something happening to prevent your body and brain from entering restorative and deep levels of sleep. Our body should alternate between deep and light sleep during a normal sleep cycle. This leaves us feeling awake and alert.

People who are very drowsy are often sleepy and irritable during the day and may fall asleep randomly in inappropriate situations or at inappropriate times.

Contact your local sleep clinic right away if this affects your life, and you feel that you need professional help.

Sign #2 You Have Trouble Falling Asleep at Night

Many of us have experienced difficulty falling asleep on some occasions, but if it keeps happening, it may be a sign of something more serious. You would think that people suffering from insomnia would seek help from their doctors, but sadly most people don’t. People either assume they’re hardwired to be that way or that the issue will go away on its own.

Taking a long time or having trouble falling asleep is a sign you may have sleep-onset insomnia. Insomnia is both a common symptom of other sleep disorders as well as a sleep disorder in its own right.

If you have trouble falling asleep and let it go untreated, you risk your sleep problem becoming chronic. Chronic meaning that your brain retrains itself not to sleep when it’s supposed to.

Sign #3 You Wake up Several Times in the Middle of the Night

Tossing and turning and waking up several times in the middle of the night are also signs of sleep disorders. Most individuals wake up once or twice during the night, so if you find yourself waking up more than this, something might be wrong.

There are reasons for waking up in the middle of the night other than a sleep disorder such as drinking alcohol or caffeine late in the day, another health condition, or a poor sleep environment.

If you still find yourself falling asleep randomly throughout the day because of your lack of a good night’s sleep, you should visit your nearest sleep clinic and seek help right away.

Sign #4 You’re Told You Snore Loudly, Gasp, Snort, or Make Choking Sounds While You Sleep

Of course, this would be not easy to find out on your own, but perhaps someone like your sleep partner told you that you do one or some of these things while you sleep. Snoring is common, and often common to joke about, but in some cases, snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, a severe sleep disorder.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. If your sleep partner notices shallow breathing or breathing pauses in your sleep, it could be caused by this condition.

Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in obese or overweight individuals, but it can affect anyone. Yes, even children.

If left untreated, any type of sleep apnea can increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks.

Successful sleep apnea treatments typically include lifestyle changes, surgery, mouthpieces, and breathing devices like a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.

Sign #5 You Keep Falling Asleep During the Day

If you keep falling asleep during the day, it could be a sign you may have a sleep disorder. While it is normal (and expected) to be tired after a sleepless night, excessive daytime sleepiness is a serious problem.

If you’ve found yourself falling asleep randomly behind the wheel or at work, for example, get help immediately.

Sign #6 You Have Another Medical Condition(s) That Keep You up

Sometimes, people dealing with other health issues, such as illness, chronic pain, or depression, have a more challenging time sleeping peacefully. For example, individuals with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) feel the need to stretch or move their legs, making it difficult to fall or stay asleep.

Because some conditions can perpetuate each other, it’s essential not to take your sleep difficulties for granted and speak to your doctor.

Getting Help

Keeping a sleep journal for a couple of weeks is one of the best ways to tell whether or not you are getting enough good-quality sleep. Use this journal to record the quantity and quality of your sleep and jot down your use of medications, alcohol, and caffeinated drink intake; exercise; as well as how sleepy you feel during the day.

Report your symptoms and findings to your doctor, who will refer you to a sleep specialist or sleep center or clinic. There are several non-invasive and painless ways to diagnose a sleep disorder, such as a sleep study.

Your treatment will be based on the specific type of disorder and cause.

About Neurological Wellness Clinic

Neurological Wellness Clinic, located in Waukesha County, is an independent neurology practice that is committed to providing patients with the most innovative and comprehensive advancements in neurological sciences while at the same time delivering compassionate care.

We provide the latest in neurological technology and the highest-quality care for children, teens, and adults. Neurological Wellness Clinic treats sleep-related issues such as snoring, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy and a wide range of neurological conditions, from epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease to peripheral neuropathies, muscle disease, neck/back pain.

Keep Falling Asleep Randomly?

We hope this guide helped you learn the difference between the occasional “bad night’s sleep” and chronic poor sleep patterns that affect our daily life as well as our mental and physical health.

If you keep falling asleep randomly or if you’ve noticed you do some of these things on this list, there’s a chance you might have a sleep disorder.

If you are in the Waukesha County and the Lake Country area, contact us at Neurological Wellness Clinic and schedule an appointment today!

Dr Jochism

Dr. Sean Jochims, Neurologist

Dr. Sean Jochims graduated medical school with the prestigious Rick Wartgow Award for dedication to medicine. He also received Excellence in Teaching Awards as chief resident in neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Internship/Internal Medicine: Northwestern University
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship: Rush Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago
  • Participant at Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine
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