To help you have a more meaningful and productive doctor visit, here are tools, trackers, and preparation tips for your next appointment. Recording insomnia symptoms and other aspects of your condition will make it easier for you to ask smart questions and develop a deeper understanding of insomnia, its symptoms and treatments, and how you can partner with your healthcare providers to better manage your condition.
Doctor Discussion Guide
Preparing for your next appointment will ensure you have a better, more productive conversation with your doctor. Use this handy guide to record your symptoms, note any significant changes, and share information with your doctor.
Download the HealthCentral Insomnia Doctor Discussion Guide.
Recording your sleep over time can help you and your doctor detect important insomnia patterns. Using this sleep journal, and being as detailed as possible, you can identify trends, zero in on wake factors and take charge of your condition. Share this information with your doctor so you may make informed decisions about your future treatment together.
Download the HealthCentral Insomnia Sleep Journal.
Managing Stress and Tracking Your Moods
Effective stress management can keep your mood stable and may have a positive impact on your symptoms. Tracking your stress triggers and moods will also help you identify patterns, and adopting stress relievers and mood boosting strategies could positively affect your quality of life.
Download the HealthCentral Managing Stress and Tracking Mood Guide.
Avoiding sleep inhibitors and pursuing specific sleep strategies will help you to fall, and stay, asleep. Establishing routines and setting specific sleep goals may help ease some of your insomnia symptoms. Here are several suggestions to help you achieve your best sleep.
Download the HealthCentral Insomnia Sleep Tips Guide.
Bedroom Dos and Don'ts
Keeping the bedroom clean, cool and quiet can improve the quality of your sleep. Make a few small changes to get started and evaluate how you sleep afterwards. Check out these tips to minimize distractions and create a restful, and sleep-filled, environment.
Download the HealthCentral Bedroom Dos and Don'ts Guide.
Discussing Your Insomnia
Maintaining close relationships with friends and family can be difficult with insomnia. Speaking with loved ones and colleagues about your condition is critical to keeping relationships open and positive. Review these suggestions on how to discuss your insomnia with the people in your life.
Download the HealthCentral Discussing Your Insomnia Guide.