Everyone has a restless night once and a while, but if someone in your family has chronic sleep issues, see a specialist. These are a few key symptoms - besides sheer exhaustion - to look out for.
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1. Wiggling-a lot
People with restless leg syndrome-a neurological disorder affecting ten percent of adults and two percent of children-have a pressing urge to move their legs when they lie down to rest. The "buzzing" or itchy sensation can keep you from falling asleep or wake you up during the night. Treatments include exercise, relaxation techniques, and, in some cases, medication.
2. Snoring loudly
Though men are more likely to have sleep apnea, women, and even children, are being diagnosed with it in greater numbers. Sufferers may gasp and actually stop breathing hundreds of times a night-and if left untreated, it can lead to heart disease. Other symptoms include morning headaches and night sweats. Treatments range from weight loss to wearing a mask that pushes air into your nose, mouth, and throat.
3. Chronic trouble falling or staying asleep
About 30 to 40 percent of adults have insomnia-a period of regular trouble falling or staying asleep-within a given year. It's considered chronic if it lasts longer than a month, and may require treatment with behavioral or environmental changes, relaxation techniques, and sometimes, medication.
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