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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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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
  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
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