• 7 Signs That You Need A Sleep Doctor

    by Lauren King, PsyD
    on Jun 14th, 2017

7 Signs You Need to See a Sleep Doctor

By Lauren King, PsyD


You just heard a friend or family member mention they were recently diagnosed with a sleep disorder. You hear how they went about being evaluated and start to wonder if maybe your sleep problems are significant enough to be concerning. You are uncertain if you need to be evaluated by a sleep specialist. Has this ever happened to you? The prevalence rates of some sleep disorders are likely underestimates as not everyone reports the symptoms. The most common sleep disorders seen in sleep medicine treatment centers are insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy.


Most people experience sleep problems from time to time, but some problems persist and begin to significantly interfere with one’s daytime functioning. Below are seven signs you may need to consult a sleep doctor:


  1. You have problems falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking excessively earlier than your alarm.
  2. You experience a lot of fatigue during the day, even if you slept long enough the night before.
  3. You feel you could fall asleep at any moment during the day, even while standing, having a conversation, reading, driving, etc.
  4. You experience problems with attention, concentration, or memory during the day.
  5. You feel you have to take naps in order to function during the day.
  6. You snore heavily or wake up gasping for air in the middle of the night.
  7. You wake in the morning with a headache and/or dry mouth.


If you experience any of the signs listed above, call Bluepoint Medical Associates to schedule an appointment today at (703)385-8222. Our sleep specialists are here to work with you to answer all of your questions and find a solution to your sleep problems.

Author Lauren King, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CBT-I Provider

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