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3 Potential Difficulty Falling Asleep Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)

    Restless Legs Syndrome is a common condition characterized by an urge to move the legs in order to stop unpleasant sensations.

    RLS is a chronic and incurable condition, but many have their symptoms improve with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, tingling lower leg, restless legs, difficulty falling asleep
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is a disorder in which the upper airway is obstructed during sleep, which causes poor sleep quality and frequent awakening.

    Sleep apnea is a lifelong condition but symptoms can be well managed with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, sore throat
    Symptoms that always occur with obstructive sleep apnea:
    snoring or apneas
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Substance - Induced Depression

    A depressive episode is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life. These symptoms can be triggered by the use of, or withdrawal from alcohol, drugs or certain medications.

    Any mood changes due to substance or medication withdrawal should dissipate within a few weeks (no more than a month) of stopping the use of the substance.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, depressed mood, irritability, anxiety
    Symptoms that always occur with substance-induced depression:
    depressed mood, substance-induced depressed mood
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Difficulty Falling Asleep

  • Q.Are you feeling irritable (easily made upset)?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Are you having difficulty concentrating or thinking through daily activities?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Difficulty Falling Asleep Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced difficulty falling asleep have also experienced:

    • 11% Trouble Sleeping
    • 7% Fatigue
    • 6% Daytime Sleepiness
  • People who have experienced difficulty falling asleep were most often matched with:

    • 15% Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • 6% Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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