Test the Quality of your Sleep
Here is a quick test that can help determine the quality of your sleep. If you experience any of the following symptoms on
a regular basis, keep track of the number of each statement that applies to you.
1) I've been told that I snore loudly.
2) I've been told that I stop breathing or gasp for breath while I sleep, although I don't remember this when I wake up.
3) I have high blood pressure.
4) My friends and family say they have noticed changes in my personality.
5) I am gaining weight.
6) I sweat excessively during the night.
7) I have noticed my heart pounding or beating irregularly during the night.
8) I get morning headaches.
9) I seem to be losing my sex drive.
10) No matter how hard I try to stay awake, I still fall asleep - even after a full nights sleep.
11) When I experience strong emotions such as anger, fear, or surprise I go limp.
12) I have fallen asleep while driving - even after a full nights sleep.
13) I experience vivid dreamlike scenes upon or soon after falling asleep.
14) I have fallen asleep during physical effort.
15) I feel as though I have to cram a full day into every hour just to get anything done.
16) I have trouble at work because of sleepiness.
17) I often feel totally paralyzed for brief periods when falling asleep or just after waking.
18) I have antacids almost every week for stomach trouble and wake up with heartburn.
19) I have a chronic cough.
20) I have morning hoarseness.
21) I wake up at night coughing or wheezing.
22) I have frequent sore throats.
23) Even though I slept through the night, I still feel sleepy during the day.
24) Other then when exercising, I still feel muscle tension, aching, or crawling sensation in my legs.
25) I have been told that I kick at night.
26) I experience leg pain during the night.
27) Sometimes I can't keep my legs still at night. I just have to move them.
28) I awaken with sore or aching muscles.
29) Thoughts race through my mind and this prevents me from sleeping.
30) I wake up during the night and can't go back to sleep.
31) I worry about things and have trouble relaxing.
32) I wake up earlier in the morning then I would like to.
33) I lie awake for a half an hour or more before I fall asleep.
34) I feel sad and depressed; I feel afraid to go to sleep.
Questions 1-9 describes symptoms by people with Sleep Apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder which causes you to
stop breathing during your sleep.
Questions 10-17 describe symptoms experienced by people with Narcolepsy, a lifelong disorder characterized by
uncontrollable sleep attacks during the day.
Questions 18-23 describes symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux, a disorder caused when stomach acid "backs up" into
the throat during the night.
Questions 24-28 describe symptoms of Nocturnal Myoclonus or Restless Legs Syndrome, a disorder characterized by pain
or "crawling" sensations in the legs.
Questions 29-34 describe symptoms experienced by people with Insomnia, a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay
Remember, the test that you have just completed describes symptoms that are similar to those of individuals with sleep
disorders. It is intended as a general source of educational information and should not be used to diagnosis or treatment.
Your physician can refer you to the South McAllen Sleep Lab and Clinic, where you can be assured that you will get an
in-depth evaluation by highly qualified medical personnel.
2010 South Cynthia, Suite 105
McAllen, TX 78503
Phone: 956-668-8111 Fax: 956-668-8115