When to Seek Medical Care for Insomnia

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on January 16, 2022

Call the Doctor if:

  • Symptoms of insomnia last longer than four weeks or interfere with your daytime activities and ability to function.
  • You are told you snore loudly and/or have periods where you stop breathing for a few seconds. These symptoms may suggest sleep apnea.

  • Pain is preventing you from sleeping, or waking you up.


When to Go to the Hospital

  • If you have difficulty breathing when you lie down to sleep or that wakes you up from sleep.