When to call the doctor
Your insomnia needs a doctor's attention if it lasts longer than 4 weeks or interferes with your daytime activities and ability to function.
Insomnia may be a symptom of another medical or psychological problem, which you may need to address first or at the same time.
When to go to the hospital
Generally, you will not be hospitalized for insomnia. However, accidents may result from poor coordination and attention lapse seen with sleep deprivation.
Worsening pain or increased difficulty breathing at night also may indicate your need to seek emergency medical care.
You can do several things to prepare yourself for sleep.
Follow your doctor's recommendations for your medical and psychological conditions. You will be asked to give your doctor feedback after you have followed a treatment plan.
Often you will have more than 1 option and more than 1 medication available to help you. Do not lose hope if the first medication does not give you the results you want or if you experience side effects or concerns. Report back to your doctor for advice.
The following are suggestions to help anticipate and modify situations likely to be associated with insomnia. They are not foolproof, nor will they safeguard you from the consequences of sleep deprivation once it has occurred.
Recovery from insomnia can vary.
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