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

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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Dr. Slade Suchecki
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Agree w Dr Suchecki

There are many causes for insomnia.
If your insomnia doesn't respond to sleep hygiene measures would seek medical consultation. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3.

In brief: Agree w Dr Suchecki

There are many causes for insomnia.
If your insomnia doesn't respond to sleep hygiene measures would seek medical consultation. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent.
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