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When should you call a doctor about sleep problems?

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A good night’s rest is important for your health. Call your doctor if you:

  • Have tried different things to sleep better but they haven’t helped
  • Think a medical condition, like depression or heart failure, may be behind your sleep problems
  • Snore loudly or make snorting or gasping noises while you sleep
  • Fall asleep while talking, driving, and other everyday activities
  • Wake up regularly without feeling rested
  • Think your medications may be making it hard for you to sleep

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical News: "Trouble Sleeping? It Could Be a Warning Sign of Depression In Older People." 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Lucile Packard Children's Health Services. 

Medline Plus: "Narcolepsy." 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 23, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical News: "Trouble Sleeping? It Could Be a Warning Sign of Depression In Older People." 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Lucile Packard Children's Health Services. 

Medline Plus: "Narcolepsy." 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 23, 2017

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