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Insomnia (cont.)

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.

When to go to the hospital

  • Generally, a person will not be hospitalized for most types of insomnia. However, when a lack of sleep results in an accident or other bodily harm, the patient might be admitted to the hospital for treatment of a condition resulting from the insomnia.
  • Worsening pain or increased difficulty breathing at night also may indicate a person needs to seek emergency medical care. However, chronic insomnia, if not associated with an injury or resultant life-threatening problem typically does not belong in the emergency department. It is a condition to discuss with a primary care physician or a psychiatrist.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2014

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