Take the Sleep Quiz

A good night's sleep is important to your well-being. Since most people spend roughly one-third of their lives asleep, it's easy to see how the quality of sleep directly affects the quality of your life.

One out of every three Americans has a sleep disorder which makes sleeping or waking hours miserable. Many of these people suffer needlessly because they are unaware that a problem exists.

Once detected, most sleep disorders can be corrected. This simple quiz is designed to alert you to any problems resulting from poor-quality sleep.

If you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the last year, circle that number.

 

  1. I have difficulty falling asleep.
  2. Thoughts race through my mind and this prevents me from falling asleep.
  3. I feel afraid to go to sleep.
  4. I wake up during the night and can't go back to sleep.
  5. I worry about things and have trouble relaxing.
  6. I wake up earlier in the morning than I would like to.
  7. I lie awake for half an hour or more before I fall asleep.
  8. I feel sad and depressed.
  9. I've been told that I snore.
  10. I've been told that I stop breathing while I sleep, although I don't remember this when I wake up.
  11. I have high blood pressure.
  12. My friends and family say they have noticed changes in my personality.
  13. I am gaining weight.
  14. I sweat excessively during the night.
  15. I have noticed my heart pounding or beating irregularly during the night.
  16. I get morning headaches.
  17. I have trouble sleeping when I have a cold.
  18. I suddenly wake up gasping for breath during the night.
  19. I am overweight.
  20. I seem to be losing my sex drive.
  21. I feel sleepy during the day even when I slept through the night.
  22. I have had trouble concentration at work or in school.
  23. When I am angry or surprised, I feel like I am going to go limp.
  24. I have fallen asleep while driving.
  25. I feel like I go around in a daze.
  26. I have experienced vivid dreamlike scenes upon falling asleep or awakening.
  27. I have fallen asleep during physical effort.
  28. I feel like I am hallucinating when I fall asleep.
  29. I feel like I have to cram a full day into every hour to get everything done.
  30. I have fallen asleep while laughing or crying.
  31. I have trouble at work or school because of sleepiness.
  32. I have vivid nightmare soon after falling asleep.
  33. I fall asleep during the day.
  34. No matter how hard I try to stay awake, I fall asleep anyway.
  35. I feel unable to move when I am waking up or falling asleep.
  36. I wake up with heartburn.
  37. I have a chronic cough.
  38. I have to use antacids (Rolaids, Tums, Alka-seltzer, etc.) almost every week for stomach trouble.
  39. I have morning hoarseness.
  40. I wake up at night coughing or wheezing.
  41. I have frequent sore throats.
  42. During the night, I suddenly wake up gasping for breath.
  43. Other than when exercising, I still experience muscle tension in my legs.
  44. I have noticed (or others have commented) that parts of my body jerk.
  45. I have been told that I kick at night.
  46. I experienced aching or "crawling" sensation in my legs.
  47. I experienced leg pain during the night.
  48. Sometimes, I can't keep my legs still at night.  I just have to move them.
  49. I awaken with sore or achy muscles.
  50. Even though I slept through the night, I still feel sleepy during the day.

Questions 1 through 8

A score of three or more in this section means you show symptoms of insomnia, a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.

Questions 9 through 21

A score of three or more means you show symptoms of sleep apnea, a life threatening disorder which causes you to stop breathing repeatedly, often several hundred times per night as you sleep.

Questions 22 through 35

A score of three or more reveals symptoms of narcolepsy, a lifelong disorder characterized by uncontrollable sleep attacks during the day.

Questions 36 through 42

A score of three or more reveals symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux, a disorder caused when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus during the night.

Questions 43 through 50

A score of two or more means you show symptoms of nocturnal myoclonus or restless legs syndrome, a disorder characterized by pain or crawling sensations.

 

 

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