Sleep is something that most individuals take for granted. Most people will think that they had a relatively good nights sleep even though they may have residual sleepiness during the day and may take naps (intentional or unintentional) or rely on the use of over-the-counter medications to remain awake. Many people drink coffee (or tea) as a regular routine in the morning as a way to “get moving “ and if they miss their morning coffee they are very irritable, fatigued, and lethargic for the day. If this sounds like you read further.
Many individuals are seldomly asked about the quantity or quality of their nightly sleep routine. Sleep is something that is commonly assumed by most individuals and most physicians and therefore never really asked by a physician to a patient. Only when a patient brings up to a physician that they are either not sleeping well, frequently tired, fell asleep driving, or some other issue that has impacted their quality of life will they mention into a physician.
Sleep disorders are something that should be taken seriously, and if a patient feels that they are suffering from some type of sleep disorder, they should either seek consultation with their primary care physician or a board-certified sleep specialist.