Common Questions Asked by Sleep Experts

by Martin Reed Patient Advocate

If you've had about all you can take of insomnia, it is time to seek out help and take your life back. There are many options available to you. These range from seeing a physician, going to a therapist, seeing a sleep specialist and having a sleep study, or even connecting with a sleep guru. Whichever avenue you take, you should be prepared to answer questions about yourself and your sleep.Here is a list of the most common questions you should be prepared to answer. Think about the answers now or go ahead and fill in the answers if you’d like. This will ensure that you haven’t left anything out that your sleep expert should know.

  • How would you describe what is going on with your sleep?

  • How long have you had this problem?

  • How many times in a week does this problem occur?

  • When you go to bed, how long does it take for you to fall asleep?

  • How restful is the sleep that you do get?

  • If you wake up in the middle of the night, can you easily go back to sleep?

  • Do you wake up too early in the morning and find you can’t go back to sleep?

  • What is your sleeping environment like?

  • How do you feel during the day?

  • Do you feel that your sleep problem is affecting your ability to function?

  • Do you have any mental or physical conditions?

  • Are you on any medications?

  • Do you take any vitamin supplements or herbs?

  • Have you tried over-the-counter medications to help you sleep?

  • Do you drink alcohol? If so, how much do you drink?

  • Do you smoke? If so, how much do you smoke?

  • How much caffeine do you consume daily?

  • Are there any major life changes going on in your life?

  • Do you feel anxious or worried?

  • Do you snore?

  • Do you sleep with a bed partner? If so, does their bedtime behavior keep you awake or disturb your sleep?

  • Do you have leg cramps at night?

  • Do you work odd shifts at your job?

As you can see, seeking out the aid of another to help you with your insomnia starts out much like an interview. The professional’s job is to find out all there is to know about you. Your answers will determine the course of action that will be taken.

Be open and forthright with all of your answers. Tell your doctor everything. Now is not the time to be shy. Being forthcoming is the only way that you will be able to get the help that you need.

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Land’s free sleep training for insomnia. His course will help you identify the issues that are harming your sleep and teach you how to fix them. Over 3,000 insomniacs have completed his course and 96 percent of graduates say they would recommend it to a friend.

Martin Reed
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Martin Reed

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Coach, an eight-week course that combines online sleep education with individual sleep coaching. His course helps clients improve their sleep so they can enjoy a better life with more energy and start each day feeling happy, healthy, rested, and refreshed. Martin also runs a free sleep training course that has helped over 5,000 insomniacs. He holds a master’s degree in health and wellness education and studied clinical sleep health at the University of Delaware.