When should I go to the doctor for a sleep disorder?

Short-term insomnia or sleep disturbances occur due to everyday stress situations even in healthy people from time to time and are no cause for concern. Whether you should consult a doctor for a sleep disorder depends largely on how you suffer from it.

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The doctor will classify your sleep problems and their treatment needs based on the following questions. At the same time, you yourself get a better sense of your problems when you try to answer these questions.

Important questions about classification

  • Do you have problems falling asleep or sleeping through? Or both?
  • Do you sleep shorter than usual?
  • Are you sleeping more restless than you used to?
  • Do you feel unrestrained in the morning?
  • Do you feel the waking times before falling asleep or during the night as grueling long?
  • Do your sleep problems occur three or more times a week?
  • How long have you been suffering from it? Longer than four weeks?
  • How are you doing during the day? Are you very tired and cut off?
  • Can not you concentrate so well, are you less efficient?
  • Do you ponder a lot about your sleep problems during the day? Are you afraid of the consequences of insomnia?
  • Does your private life or profession suffer from your sleep disorder?

Without remedy it can get worse

The well-being of the day can still be undisturbed for a while, despite a sleep disturbance, before it comes to the painful complaints. If the sleep disturbance persists, it may make you more excitable and also more irritable, possibly even more aggressive. Often it also comes to anxiety and depressive moods and muscle aches. At the latest then medical help is urgently needed.

Seek advice before a vicious circle develops

Of course, it makes sense to get advice earlier and, if necessary, have it examined. A sleep disorder is often triggered by a misperception. You may also have noticed that we find sleep periods longer or lurking at night longer than they actually are. This distorted perception of time can lead to the impression of a sleep disorder.

This impression can be manifested and reinforced by repeated experiences and reflections. Without a corrective reflection through own objectification measures (difficult) or from the outside, for example with medical help, a vicious circle can develop. Then the felt sleep disorder becomes a disease in need of treatment.

Authors: Dr. Hubertus Glaser & Dr. med. med. Jörg Zorn

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