The other day, we talked about how important sleep was to your safety and your patients’ safety after CNA training. What happens, though, if you follow all the rules, allocate eight hours a night to your sleep, and you still feel tired all the time? According the National Institutes of Health, this may mean you have a sleep disorder and you need to visit the doctor.
While the following are some signs of having a sleep disorder, you should always consult a medical professional before assuming you have any type of medical issue or attempting to treat it yourself.
Signs of Sleep Disorders After CNA Training
Do you have a sleep disorder? These signs may indicate you do.
- It takes thirty or more minutes each night for you to fall asleep.
- You wake up multiple times each night and have trouble getting back to sleep again.
- You wake up too early after CNA training, even when you don’t need to.
- During the day, you feel sleepy, and if you have the chance to sneak a nap in, you can fall asleep very quickly.
- There are times when you fall asleep and don’t even realize you’re nodding off. The times when you fall asleep are often inappropriate.
- Your spouse or partner says after CNA training that when you sleep, you gasp, snore loudly, snort, or making choking sounds. At times, they have even witnessed you stop breathing for short periods at a time.
- At night, when you try to fall asleep after CNA training, you experience crawling, tingling, or creeping feelings in your legs. The only way to relieve these feelings is to massage or move your legs.
- When you laugh, are angry, or are scared, you often have problems with sudden muscle weakness.
- When you first wake up in the morning (or at night) after CNA training, you feel like you can’t move at first.
- Your partner or spouse notices that when you’re sleeping, your legs or arms sometimes jerk.
- You have to rely on stimulants, like energy pills, caffeinated drinks, and coffee often during the day to stay awake.
- Even when you sleep seven to eight hours a night, you still feel tired when you wake up in the morning.
Sleep Disorders and You After CNA Training
Have you experienced any of these symptoms after CNA training? If you have, there’s a good chance you have a sleep disorder. While this may be unpleasant for you, it can also be a safety hazard for you and the patients you care for. Without the proper amount of sleep, you may experience problems with your memory and even your fine motor skills that could cause issues on the job.
As soon as you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to visit your doctor quickly. He or she may be able to prescribe medication or certain types of therapy that can help improve these symptoms so you can finally get a good night’s sleep and be ready to work after CNA training.