What should I ask my doctor?

What should I ask my doctor when I feel that my sleep is poor or I can’t sleep at night?

Try to be concise and clear. State very briefly what are your problems regarding your sleep, such as: long time to fall asleep, waking up frequently at night, waking as after a sleepless night. You may want to ask if the problem may be connected to some other health problems you might have or with any medication you are taking. Do not ask for sleeping pills, but ask if you should consult a sleep specialist or visit a sleep clinic and what would be the costs related to this. Then you can ask about recommended treatments for your problem.

In response, your doctor should inquire about your sleep-wake usual schedule, including when you go to bed, how long it takes you to fall asleep, when you wake up in the morning, napping during the day. The doctor could also ask for information regarding sleep environment, how preoccupied are you about your sleep complaints, snoring, movement during sleep, caffeine and alcohol consumption, working schedule and type of job, general health, nutrition and exercise habits, daytime sleepiness and mood.

Based on this sleep and medical short history, your doctor may suggest a treatment, and may recommend further workup, including seeing a specialist.

How can SleepRate help?

SleepRate lets you measure your sleep structure, awakenings, arousal index and sleep times. You can bring the results to your doctors for further considerations.

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