Sleep Disorders and Aging (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Occasional insomnia is normal. If you have insomnia on a regular basis, you should see your health care provider about it. Nightly insomnia lasting more than a few nights warrants a visit to your health care provider.
Exams and Tests
A complete medical interview and physical examination are important. Your health care provider will ask you questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and habits. You may be asked about your current and past medical problems and medications. You will probably be asked to keep a sleep diary for several days or weeks. You will write down the times you wake up and go to sleep. Your bed partner may be asked about your actions during sleep. After the interview, your health care provider may know what causes your sleep problem. You may also be referred to a sleep specialist. An underlying medical or mental problem warrants referral to the appropriate specialist.
You may be asked to stay overnight at the sleep disorders center's laboratory. A full-night polysomnogram records several different body functions while you sleep.
You may be hooked up to a portable recorder rather than stay overnight at the center.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/20/2014
Subir Vij, MD, MPH
Anthony M Murro, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Carmel Armon, MD, MHS, MSc
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