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Talking to your doctor about Insomnia

Understanding how sleep and overall health are connected

Quality sleep is vital to your overall health, but it tends to be an afterthought during visits with your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your sleep concerns and how you feel during the next day. He or she may be able to pinpoint other things contributing to your insomnia.


Be sure to talk to your doctor about the quality of your sleep, how you feel the next day after a night of poor sleep. Also let your physician know if you are taking supplements or medications for your sleep. Discuss how well it helps you to fall asleep, stay asleep and how you feel the next day.

Here are some ideas to help you start the conversation with your doctor, and ways to be prepared for the questions he or she may ask you in return.

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Share the results of your self-assessment

If you haven’t already done so, take the Insomnia self-assessment. This self-assessment is designed to take a close look at the ways that Insomnia may be disrupting your life. Your doctor can use this to help determine the right treatment for you.

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Use the Doctor Discussion Guide

This list of questions will help you ask your doctor the right questions to better understand your condition and management strategies. Be sure to write down any additional questions you may have.

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