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Common Sleep Symptoms

Mood Disturbance

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When you think mental health or mood disturbances, it is important to realize that virtually all of these problems are linked to sleep problems.  In other words, if you check out the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) that is used by psychiatrists, psychologist and other therapists to categorize mental disorders, the vast majority of these conditions list sleep problems as essential criteria for making the diagnosis.

The most common types of sleep symptoms listed include:

Cognitive Impairment

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Cognitive Impairment Poor sleep quality harms and may ultimately ruin your intellectual capacity.  Night after night of bad and broken sleep makes you not as smart as you could be, and sometimes it makes you downright stupid.  Sleep restores the workings of your mind by improving your ability to learn new things, consolidate your memory, and enhance your mood, all of which is “brain gain,” but poor sleep quality, the opposite of sound sleep, leaves you with "brain strain-drain-pain" our short-hand terms for cognitive impairment.

Low Energy/Ambition/Motivation

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Low Energy/Ambition/Motivation Sleep problems are health problems, and whenever someone is faced with labeling himself with some ailment, the preferred option is to run the opposite way.  This fear of illness commonly occurs with sleep disorders, because they sound like a mental health thing. 

Sleep disorders carry added baggage, having been tagged with so many disparaging labels: slothfulness, laziness, malingering, no discipline, no ambition, being a slacker, being fragile, being weak, being unfit and so on.  Ironically, severe sleep disorders cause all these problems in a lot of people, so these links are important, but the direction is reversed from what we usually imagine. 

Sleepiness vs Tiredness vs Fatigue

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Classic Triad of Sleepiness, Tiredness, and Fatigue Symptoms

These symptoms are the three most common reported by sleep patients.  After all, if your sleep is of a poor quality, you should expect some problems during the day with too much sleepiness, tiredness or fatigue.

Remarkably, many sleep patients do not appreciate the distinctions between these 3 symptoms, instead blurring them as if they were all the same thing. In reality, these words are not interchangeable. Distinguishing between them is pivotal in your attempt to rapidly and correctly evaluate what's wrong with your sleep.

Sleepiness vs Tiredness vs FatigueSleepiness is akin to the feeling of drowsiness, the pleasurable sensation that occurs prior to falling asleep.  You want to lie down when sleepy.  Fatigue (chronic tiredness) or tiredness may or may not be pleasurable; they're something you can feel in various situations: after extended physical activity or exercise; when your energy level is low but you are not sleepy or desiring sleep; or, when your mood is bored or depressed.  You often want to sit down and rest when you’re tired or fatigued.