What Information Do I Need to Help My Doctor Diagnose a Sleep Disorder?

Part of Sleep Disorders For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Many people avoid seeking a sleep disorder diagnosis because the process can seem mysterious or frightening. Some patients even believe a doctor will think they are hypochondriacs if they complain of sleep problems. Don’t let this stop you. A good night’s sleep is essential to remaining healthy. You can greatly help the diagnostic process by providing your doctor the following info.

  • When you go to bed each night

  • How long it takes you to fall asleep

  • How many hours you slept

  • When you wake up in the morning

  • How you feel when you wake up

  • How many times you wake up during the night and how long it takes you to get back to sleep

  • Whether or not you use a sleeping medication

  • Whether or not you use alcohol or cigarettes or consume a lot of caffeine

  • If you have problems with excessive daytime sleepiness