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Talking to Your Doctor About Insomnia
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you do not forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- What causes insomnia?
- How do I know if I have insomnia?
- Am I currently taking any medication that puts me at higher risk for developing insomnia?
- How can I prevent insomnia?
- How do I know if I’m getting enough good or restorative sleep?
- How do I best treat insomnia?
- Where can I go to get help with psychological problems?
- Who can help me learn to reduce stress?
What medications are available to help me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am already taking for other conditions?
- Are there any complementary or alternative therapies that might help me?
- Is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) a good treatment option for me?
Should I engage in exercise?
- What kind of exercise is best?
- How often should I exercise?
- How do I get started with an exercise program?
- Should I exercise in the morning or at night?
- Are there any alternatives to the medications I am presently taking that would be less likely to cause insomnia?
- Is there something I can do to my bedroom to make it more conducive to sleep?
- Are there activities I should avoid that could disturb my sleep?
- Should I stop drinking alcohol or caffeine?
- How can I find help to quit smoking?
- If I lost weight, would my sleep improve?
- Is it okay for me to take a nap during the day?
- How do I know that my prevention or treatment program is effective?
- Will I be able to cure my insomnia?
- Will it come back? If so, what should I do?
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2016
- Update Date: 03/15/2015