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10 questions to ask your doctor about sleep disorders

If you've not been sleeping well more often than the occasional bad night's sleep, it may be time to seek medical advice.

Losing sleep can have a bad impact on work, school or other daytime activities, as well as being bad for your health.

Here are some questions you may want to ask a doctor about sleep disorders.

  • Do I have a sleeping disorder? If so, what type is it?
  • Could I have obstructive sleep apnoea?
  • Is my insomnia caused by an underlying medical or psychiatric condition?
  • If so, will treatment for this condition help ease my insomnia?
  • Could any of my medicines be causing my sleep disorder or be making it worse?
  • If so, is it possible to change the medicines, their dosages, or the time of day that I take them?
  • How can I avoid becoming dependent on sleep medications?
  • What other side effects can I expect from sleep medications?
  • Could relaxation or other therapies help me sleep?
  • Should I see a sleep specialist?
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on April 25, 2016

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