To get help for your insomnia, you should consult your doctor. In turn, your doctor may provide a referral to a sleep specialist or sleep clinic.
Prior to your first appointment with a sleep specialist, you will probably be asked to fill out a sleep questionnaire and complete a sleep log. At the first visit, the sleep specialist will review these and ask you a number of questions to try to understand the physical, psychological and social issues that might be part of your sleep problem.
To diagnose certain sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, the sleep specialist may perform tests or arrange for you to sleep overnight in the sleep lab so your sleep patterns can be monitored. Once a diagnosis has been made, the sleep specialist may discuss the findings and possible treatments with you or may relay that information to your regular doctor so that together you and your doctor can consider appropriate treatment options.
Insomnia can seriously reduce your quality of life. Now you know where to turn for help, and using this article to help determine what's causing your insomnia, you'll be one step closer to getting a good night's sleep.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Virgil D. Wooten, M.D., is the medical director of the TriHealth Sleep Centers at Good Samaritan and Bethesda North hospitals in Cincinnati. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and a consultant, writer, and speaker on sleep-related subjects. Dr. Wooten has more than 25 years of research, clinical and teaching experience.