Insomnia: Questions and Answers for Your Doctor


Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • How do I know if I have insomnia?
  • What may be causing my insomnia?
  • How do I know if I’m getting enough good sleep?
  • How can I prevent insomnia?
  • What’s the best treatment for me?
  • How can I manage my other health conditions, along with the insomnia?
  • Do any of my medications put me at higher risk for insomnia? Are there alternatives that are less likely to cause insomnia?
  • Where can I get help with depression, anxiety, or psychological problems?
  • How can I learn to reduce stress?
  • Is behavioral therapy a good option for me?
  • Can sleeping pills or other medications help my insomnia? What are the benefits and side effects of the drugs? Are there any drug interactions to be aware of?
  • Can any complementary or alternative therapies help me?
  • Should I exercise? During what time of day?
  • Are there activities that I should avoid that could disturb my sleep?
  • How can I make my bedroom better for sleeping?
  • Should I stop or limit caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine?
  • How can I get help to quit smoking?
  • Will my sleep improve if I lose weight?
  • Is it all right to nap during the day?
  • Do I need to see a sleep doctor?

These days, medical appointments can be brief. But you and your doctor will have plenty to discuss, because so many factors can contribute to insomnia -- stress, lifestyle, poor sleep habits, health problems, and medications. Being proactive is important. Come prepared for your visit by jotting down your questions and concerns and anticipating the questions that your doctor might ask you. Consider taking notes during the appointment to help you recall any recommendations.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein, MD on May 22, 2015



American Sleep Association: “Insomnia.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “Talking to Your Doctor About Insomnia.”

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