On this page you will find Quick Tests for the following conditions:
If you answered true to two or more statements in any category, it suggests that you have the condition listed. But many people have one or more true statement in many different categories. If that is true for you, sign up for a Personal Sleep Trainer or talk to a sleep specialist in your area.
Think you might have sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome?
Wondering if GERD or depression might be making you tired all the time?
Take the following quick tests and find out!
If you can answer "yes" to two or more statements in any of the following thirteen categories, it suggests that you are suffering from the listed condition or disorder. Click on the condition or disorder to read more about it either on this site or through a quick link.
___ My family and friends say I have become grumpy and irritable.
___ I have trouble sleeping because I'm worrying about what I have to
do the next day.
Quick diagnosis: Anxiety or stress issues.Quick suggestion: if it is keeping you awake, rather than worrying about losing sleep, try and focus on the fact that your body will sleep if it needs to. Investigate relaxation techniques, including bio-feedback and self-hypnosis; there is one out there that will work for you and drugs are rarely the answer. Several successful techniques are discussed in Chapter 6 of The Guide to Better Sleep Naturally.
___ I have less energy than I used to have.
___ I have less energy than I want to have.
___ I rarely look forward to getting up in the morning.
___ I have memory and/or concentration problems.
Quick diagnosis: Depression.Quick suggestion: seek professional help, but keep in mind that being tired all the time sometimes leads to depression and that sleep apnea is often masked by the medications used to treat depression and/or insomnia. So check with your bedpartner about whether you snore, snort, gasp or stop breathing during the night or treat the insomnia by re-learning how to sleep like a baby by following the ten step plan in The Guide to Better Sleep Naturally.
___ I have been told that my arms or legs jerk when I am sleeping.
Quick diagnosis: PLMS (periodic limb movements in sleep).Quick suggestion: regular exercise at least a couple hours before bedtime and massage of the area that jerks or twitches just before bedtime.
___ I get creepy, crawly sensations in my legs during the day.
___ I get creepy, crawly sensations in my legs when I am trying to
___ I can't keep my legs still at night; I have to move them to feel
___ I have to get up and walk around at night if I want my legs to feel
Quick diagnosis: Restless leg syndrome.Quick suggestion: regular exercise can help, as can elimination of caffeine from your diet. If your doctor prescribes medication, make sure it is not in The Guide to Better Sleep Naturally's Chapter 7 list of medications that commonly cause insomnia.
___ I often wake up with a dry mouth.
___ At least twice a month, I wake up during the night coughing.
___ At least twice a month, I wake up during the night gasping or short
___ At least twice a month, I wake up wheezing or with a tight feeling
___ If I don't go to bed by 10 pm, I'm not sleepy again until after
___ I work the night shift.
Quick diagnosis: Circadian rhythm disorder.Quick suggestion: to get your body and your internal clock in the same time zone, get up at the same time every day, no matter how late you went to sleep.
___ I have slept through the phone ringing.
___ I can sleep 10 to 12 hours every night.
___ No matter how much I sleep during the night, I still feel sleepy
during the day.
___ I have trouble keeping a job because I am always late for work.
Quick diagnosis: Hypersomnia.Quick suggestion: eliminate sleep deprivation from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea as an underlying cause by completing a 2 week sleep log and having a sleep study.
___ I often feel overwhemingly sleepy during the day even after a full
___ I fall asleep when I do not want to, such as while eating, talking,
driving or working.
___ I find that I am briefly unable to talk or move while I am falling
asleep or waking up.
___ Sometimes when I'm laughing, surprised, angry or afraid I feel my
muscles go limp.
Quick diagnosis: Narcolepsy.Quick suggestion: verify the diagnosis by completing a 2 week sleep log and having a nighttime sleep study followed by a daytime sleep study called an MSLT or multi sleep latency test. It measures how quickly you go into REM sleep during five 20 minute scheduled nap sessions two hours apart starting at 8 am.
___ I have been told that I grind my teeth while sleeping.
___ I have been told that I walk in my sleep.
___ I have been told that I talk in my sleep.
___ I have woken up screaming in fear.
Quick diagnosis: Parasomnias.Quick suggestion: wear a bite block for teeth grinding. Be patient: sleepwalking, sleeptalking and night terrors tend to be childhood disorders that are usually outgrown.