Tossing And Turning At Night

What Causes Restless Sleep?

Restless sleep can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose restless sleep, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "restless sleep" as a symptom.  For example, sleep apnea.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
waking up with a headache
somewhat disturbed sleep
waking up with choking sensation
sleep apnea
absent sexual desire
regular postprandial somnolence
regular drowsiness
often waking up with a dry mouth
frequent sleepwalking
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of restless sleep.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate sleeping-related problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you experience restless sleep, tossing and turning during the night?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ A little
→ Very much so
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate tossing and turning at night, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
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