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When to Seek Medical Care for Insomnia

Call the Doctor Insomnia if:

  • Symptoms of insomnia last longer than four weeks or interferes with your daytime activities and ability to function
  • You have noticed changes in your mood (such as feeling depressed), energy and appetite -- clues that insomnia may be a possible of a broader health problem such as clinical depression.

Recommended Related to Sleep Disorders

Are You and Your Partner Sleep Compatible?

Are you and your partner compatible in bed -- when it's time to sleep, we mean? You like to turn in early, snuggled under a pile of blankets in the pitch dark. He's a night owl, watching TV or reading into the wee hours of the night. When he finally does doze off -- oftentimes with the light still glaring -- he hardly falls into a restful slumber. Tossing and turning, he balls up the sheets and sometimes kicks them off the bed entirely. Then comes the chain-saw like snoring and sputtering, interspersed...

Read the Are You and Your Partner Sleep Compatible? article > >

Go to the Hospital About Insomnia if:

  • Worsening pain or increased difficulty breathing at night may indicate a need to seek emergency medical care.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 30, 2014

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