Do I have a sleep disorder?

This question was asked in Aloma, Florida on 10/31/2012.
Every night is the same. I wake up 3 to 4 times and it's hard to go back to sleep. I feel my head spinning, my mind starts to wander off. I'll think of so many things. I get leg cramps or get restless. I'll walk around the room go to the bathroom maybe 3 to 5 times. I also snore so loudly that every night I wake up with my heart beating fast. It scares me. What can I do?

Doctors Answers (4)

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 11/2/2012

It would be best to meet with a Board Certified Sleep Physician to go over your symptoms.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 11/2/2012

It sounds like you have significant elements of several sleep disorders including sleep apnea, restless legs and possible insomnia. You should obtain a referral to a sleep specialist to discuss your sleep history in detail and start to address these problems so you can obtain a more consolidated night's sleep.

Jeannine Louise Gingras, MD
Answered on: 11/2/2012

Your symptoms suggest that you may have one or more sleep disorders such as Restless Legs Syndrome (can cause problems falling and staying asleep) and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (problems maintaining sleep). Both disorders impact mood, behavior and have significant negative effects on your health such as hypertension, heart disease and others. The best thing you can do is to locate a board certified sleep specialist and schedule an evaluation.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 11/2/2012

Yes, you have a sleep disorder, maybe more than one. First, it sounds as though you may have obstructive sleep apnea and that alone could account for all the other issues you describe; the awakenings, the leg cramps, the urination and the heart beating fast. You need to see a physician and a sleep study is in order. You would best have one in a sleep lab rather than at home. There are too many issues to address.