7 Surprisingly Common Sleep Problems That May Be Health Issues

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Just because you're setting your alarm for eight hours after drifting off doesn't necessarily mean that you aren't experiencing common sleep issues. According to the National Sleep Association, all adults should be getting seven to nine hours of sleep on a nightly basis, but that doesn't always tell the whole story.

"While it makes sense to look at the quantity of sleep we are getting, the quality of said sleep is just as important," Bill Fish, certified sleep science coach and co-founder of Tuck, tells Bustle. Even the tiniest symptoms, which may seem like nothing at all to you, could speak to a more serious sleep issue which may be affecting how rested you truly are.

While your doctor is always a great resource for any questions or concerns you have about your sleep, there are also some steps that you can take to give your body the best possible chance to rest well. "A good first move is to work to transform your bedroom into a ’sleep sanctuary,'" Fish says. "The look and feel of our bedrooms should focus on one item: sleep." This means doing any laundry folding, packing, or television watching in another area of your home, if at all possible, he says. Small steps are OK though. If you are in the habit of watching TV in bed before falling asleep, just do your best not to watch it within an hour of the time you want to start snoozing, and instead use that last hour to read, journal, or draw.

Here are some common sleep problems that you might not realize aren't harmless, according to experts.