At Your Appointment

Insomnia Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Can we review your sleep diary? Have you seen improvements in sleep onset, total sleep time, number of awakenings, and daytime symptoms?
  • How would you rate the quality of your sleep? Good, fair or poor?
  • What changes have you made to your bedtime routine?
  • What changes have you made to your lifestyle?
  • Have you changed medications recently for any other health conditions?
  • When did you first notice problems with sleep? How often do you have problems?
  • How long does it take you to fall asleep? Do you stay asleep or awaken during the night?
  • Describe how you feel during the day. Do you wake up refreshed or feel tired? Do you have trouble staying awake, or nap during the day?
  • Describe your bedtime routine. Do you have a regular bedtime, how long do you sleep, and how do you wind down at night?
  • Describe your lifestyle. Do you smoke, drink alcohol, use caffeine, exercise, or have recent stressful events? What do you eat or drink at night and how late?
  • What do you do when you can't sleep? Do you use over-the-counter sleep aids?
  • How effective do you feel your sleep medicine is? What, if any side effects are you experiencing?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing that you think may be related to insomnia?
  • Do you have a family history of sleep problems, anxiety, depression, or another mental disorder?
  • What is the most likely cause of my sleep problems?
  • Do I need to see a sleep specialist or have a sleep study?
  • What treatments are available for insomnia?
  • How does behavioral therapy help with insomnia?
  • What lifestyle habits can make insomnia better or worse?
  • Do you consider my insomnia to be mild, moderate or severe?
  • How does insomnia affect my risk of developing other health problems?
  • What details should I include in my sleep diary?
  • What is good sleep hygiene? Where can I learn more about it?
  • How long will I need to use sleep medicine? Is my medicine addicting?
  • Could any of my medications for other health issues be affecting my sleep?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to insomnia?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my insomnia?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. How Is Insomnia Diagnosed? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/node/4130
  2. Insomnia. American Academy of Sleep Medicine. http://www.sleepeducation.org/essentials-in-sleep/insomnia
  3. Insomnia. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355173