Insomnia is lack of sleep or the inability to fall asleep. It is probably one of the most common complaints a person brings to the medical visit. Insomnia can be acute (lasting just a few days) or chronic (happens all the time or most of the time). The most common reasons for insomnia are stress, certain medications, and stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. Treatments include medications and/or various suggestions by the doctor on better sleep techniques.
Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Insomnia
1. Are medications for insomnia (sleeping pills) addictive?
2. Are there any medications I take that could be causing my insomnia?
3. What food, drinks, and other items should I avoid?
4. What is the latest in the day that I can have a caffeine product?
5. What do you think is the cause of my insomnia?
Additional Questions You May Consider Asking About Insomnia
1. What things can I do to improve sleep that doesn’t involve medicines?
2. Could I have any medical conditions that are causing my insomnia?
3. How much sleep should I have, under normal circumstances?
4. Is a sleep study necessary?
5. Will exercise help me sleep better?
6. If so, is it better to exercise in the morning or later in the day?