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I think I have insomnia, but is this really a problem I would go for a test for?

I think I have insomnia, but is this really a problem I would go for a test for?

Depends: It depends on the cause. Insomnia can occur for many reasons to include anxiety/stress, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, heart arrhythmias, medications, foods, prostate issues and so on. While some of these may seem benign, they should be addressed and corrected to prevent long term issues. An eval by your family physician would be the first step, then appropriate followup testing if needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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I have tried everything for my insomnia, had all the tests, and im disease free. I now take melatonin every night for 6 months, is it safe to continue?

I have tried everything for my insomnia, had all the tests, and im disease free. I now take melatonin every night for 6 months, is it safe to continue?

Although it is: Optimum not to use long term - it is safer than many other alternatives. But, i would encourage you first to try using really good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable >. ...Read more

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How do doctors test you for insomnia?

Insomnia: Clinical interview, lab work, physical exam, and sleep studies if suggestion of sleep disorder. ...Read more

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What test could be done to find out if I have fatal familial insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

What test could be done to find out if I have fatal familial insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Pretty rare: Family genetic illness onset 20 to 60 years of age--consult with sleep expert who may do work up if indicated. ...Read more

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What could my doctor and I do about such severe insomnia? I have tried everything i can think of and all suggestions i've found online. Thanks

What could my doctor and I do about such severe insomnia? I have tried everything i can think of and all suggestions i've found online. Thanks

Insomnia: Your problem needs a clinical evaluation by a specialist and you also might needs sleep studies. The only information that you are presenting here is age and "insomnia" which is not enough for a decision. Please find a sleep specialist in your area. ...Read more

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What non-habit forming drug can alleviate chronic insomnia and school test anxiety?

What non-habit forming drug can alleviate chronic insomnia and school test anxiety?

Look beyond drugs: I think most of the time that using therapeutic techniques such as relaxation, cognitive therapies and stress management is often more helpful and long lasting than utilizing medications alone for treatment of insomnia and anxiety issues. Talk with a counselor at your school/university about getting some assistance with test anxiety issues. They can help. ...Read more