Insomnia: A Guide to Talking With Your Health Care Professional

Whether you're new to insomnia or have been dealing with it for years, the more you know, the more effective you can be in discussing it with your health care professional. Asking the right questions, in the right way, can prepare you to have the right conversation with your health care professional—and help you get the answers you need.

Ask your health care professional:

  • What role might my wake and sleep systems play in causing my insomnia?
  • Is my insomnia caused by a problem in my brain? Is it physiological?

Research is always evolving. You never know what new insights science might provide. Talk to your health care professional about your insomnia and about what might really be keeping you awake.

Fill out this discussion guide and print it out to take with you to your health care professional. It may just help you and your health care professional to have a more meaningful dialogue about insomnia.

I have had insomnia for year(s), and it's become more than an occasional irritation or a minor inconvenience. I think insomnia is having a impact on my daily life.

I have trouble . I have trouble sleeping nights each week. On average, I get total hour(s) of sleep each night. I wake up times a night and I usually stay awake minutes each time I wake up.

When I wake up and can't get back to sleep for the night, it's usually around .

My level of sleep satisfaction is:

1 = Not Satisfied at All
5 = Very Satisfied

I currently taking medication to help me sleep.

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