It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat sleep disorders or as a substitute for obtaining professional medical advice from your doctor. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your health please consult your medical practitioner immediately.
Sleep Help - When to contact your Doctor or Health Practitioner
The following problems cause enough concern for you to contact your doctor or health practitioner for medical advice, treatment or tests:
- You have chest pain
- You have shortness of breath
- The sleeping problem is persistent
- The sleeping problem has become unbearable
- Your are suffering from symptoms more than 3 nights per week and these symptoms have continued for more than 1 month
Sleep Help - Questions about Sleep problems
Answer the following questions to prepare yourself for a visit to your doctor or medical practitioner. Make your symptoms clear to your doctor at your consultation and be ready with your answers to the following questions. If you cannot sleep well, it may be a signal that something is wrong with your health, or your habits—a danger signal of great importance which should be not be ignored.
Sleep Help - Questions your doctor might ask
- Do you have problems falling asleep?
- Do you have staying asleep?
- How often do you wake up at night?
- How many times a week do you suffer with this problem?
- Over what period of time have you had this problem?
- Do you fall asleep at inappropriate times during the day?
- Do you have any chest pain?
- Do you suffer from a shortness of breath?
- Do you suffer with aches and pains that are stopping you from sleeping?
- Do you suffer from night time heartburn or indigestion?
- What medication do you take?
- What do you drink in the evening and when do you take your last drink?
- Do you snore?
- How many hours do you normally sleep each night?
- Does your sleep pattern noticeably change at the weekends?
- Do you worry about your sleeplessness?
- What do you do when you cannot sleep?
- Do you do shift work?
- Are you feeling worried or anxious?
- Are your spirits low?
- Do you have any excessive stress at the moment?
- Do you take regular exercise in the fresh air?
- Are you taking any herbal remedies or over the counter sleeping products?
This information regarding sleep and sleeping disorders is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Dream Interpretation.org.uk disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.