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When should you call a doctor about insomnia?

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  • You’ve had insomnia for more than 4 weeks or if it interferes with your daily life
  • You wake up many times during the night gasping for breath and worry you may have sleep apnea or other medical problems
  • You started taking new medication that could be interrupting your sleep.
  • You notice an uncomfortable, painful, "crawling" sensation in your legs when trying to sleep or when your legs are not moving for long stretches (such as while driving)
  • You have a lot of heartburn that keeps you awake at night.
  • Pain wakes you up at night
  • Your mood has changed or your energy or appetite levels are different

SOURCE:  eMedicine Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCE:  eMedicine Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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