A sleep disorder is a condition where you rest irregularly or not like the way other people do. You don't have to be a sleepwalker or major insomniac to be qualified as a neurological sleep disorder candidate, sometimes snoring too much or too loudly or having a severe case of apnea can be of concern.
Do you have a sleep disorder? You may have one and not even realize it. Here are signs you need to have some neurological tests done for your own health. In some cases, having your resting habits and nuances medically checked can be life-saving.
You are fatigued often and easily
If it doesn't matter how much rest you get and you're still tired, then you may have a disorder with rest. You may be sleeping without hitting a proper REM cycle, actively lying awake at night because your body doesn't produce adequate quantities of Melatonin, or you may have other issues causing you to feel tired most of the day.
You may also notice that you fall asleep much easier than other people do in normal settings, such as while watching TV or at a family function. While this could be narcolepsy, you may have other underlying reasons for feeling fatigued often, and a sleep center can give you a sleeping study and help you find relief.
You wake up feeling more tired
If you wake up more tired than when you went to bed, or your partner complains about you tossing and turning all night, making strange sounds while you sleep, or having issues with consistent breathing while you rest, pay attention: these are all signs that the rest you are getting isn't sound and could actually be putting your life in danger.
You should speak to a neurologist if you have headaches, experience day-long confusion or muscle aches, have spasms or other neurological issues when you rest or during waking hours, or have bouts of confusion. Since rest is required to help replenish and restore the brain, it could be that your lack of sleep is causing serious problems.
A sleep study is done on people who have problems with falling or staying asleep and can provide more-clear answers for a resting problem. These studies are done under close medical supervision at a sleep center, so speak to your doctor to see if there is a facility like this near you and if you qualify for these services.