Test and Diagnosis for Insomnia

Ruling out that you are suffering from insomnia requires systematic tests and diagnosis to be conducted. The main reason for these being, the signs and symptoms of insomnia are closely related to those of other illnesses.

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Insomnia is not a disease, but a disorder that needs management. However one needs to self-test for Insomnia by self-asking some questions such as;

– For how long do you wait for quality sleep to come your way? If your answer is more than 30 minutes it is likely you have a problem.
– Do you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling asleep again? A yes answer shows a problem
– How many hours of bedtime rest do you have every night? Less than seven hours shows a sleep deprivation.
– Is your daytime full of fatigue, exhaustion, mood swings and lack of energy? A no is a possibility of a sleep disorder.
The above four questions will help in self-testing yourself for Insomnia. If you find all the answers are a clear indication of your possibility of having Insomnia, it is necessary to visit a doctor for proper diagnosis.

Insomnia Diagnosis

Doctors undertake several measures to help and diagnose for Insomnia. However, there are no blood tests or stool tests for this, unless the doctor predicts your condition is as a result of other factors. The medical expert will instead ask you questions orally or fill in a questionnaire that will help him in diagnosing you.

Medical History

The doctor will inquire whether you have an ongoing health problem that could be the cause of the sleep disorder. Current medications, as well as emotional issues in someone’s life, will help the doctor rule out what the problem is. On the same note, the doctor will inquire about your exercising routine, your caffeine intake and work related questions. Be sure to answer all these questions truthfully for this is the only way to get the right diagnosis.

Sleep History

Here the doctor will inquire about your sleep habits. The doctor will need to know the number of hours you sleep in a night, your sleep quality as well as weird behaviors you have during sleep time such as gasping, sleep walking and snoring. Doctors recommend having someone who understands your sleep pattern well accompany you since you may not understand all the occurrences that happen to you during sleep time. The doctor may recommend taking a sleep diary for two weeks to monitor your sleep pattern before concluding on your diagnosis.

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The other name for this study is Polysomnogram (PSG). The study is intended to record all the brain activity that happens when you are sleeping. For successful PSG, you may be required to spend a night at a sleep center. The PSG process is an intensive method that monitors the oxygen in your blood, the amount of air you are inhaling and exhaling during sleep, chest movements among other tests. The doctor recommends a sleep study if he thinks you might have a sleeping disorder.

Physical Examination

After all the questioning to detect any underlying problems to your sleeping pattern, the doctor may need to run other tests that could be the causes of sleep deprivation. The examination may involve a physical inspection of your nasal septum, tonsils and the throat. Since thyroid problems trigger insomnia; the doctor may also conduct a blood test.

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