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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.

  • 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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