Trying to understand sleep disorders can be asking for paranoia. Considering how much sleep can vary, it's easy to convince ourselves that we aren't doing it right — particularly considering that symptoms like fatigue and moodiness are used to diagnose sleep disorders. "People are going to have some variability, night-to-night and day-to-day in both how they sleep and how they feel during the day," says Dr. Joseph Ojile, CEO and founder of Clayton Sleep Institute in St. Louis and diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. "That's okay. That isn't necessarily a disorder or a disease."
We want to avoid going overboard when it comes to discussing sleep problems but they are a common issue, particularly insomnia. Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms that might mean you have one.