When to Seek Medical Care
When to call the doctor
- A person with insomnia needs a doctor's attention if it lasts longer than three to
four weeks, or sooner if it interferes with a person's daytime activities and ability to function.
- Insomnia is generally a symptom of an underlying situation or another medical or psychological problem, which may need to
be addressed first or at the same time.
When to go to the hospital
- Generally, a person will not be hospitalized for most types of insomnia. However, accidents may result from poor coordination and attention lapse seen with sleep deprivation.
- Worsening pain or increased difficulty breathing at
night also may indicate a person needs to seek emergency medical care.
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