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Insomnia Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep
  • Waking up too early
  • Feeling unrefreshed after sleep
  • Irritability, anxiety, inability to concentrate, unexplained symptoms like muscle aches or pains


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You will also be asked about your job, eating habits, and drug and alcohol use. The doctor will also ask about your schedule and travel patterns. You may be asked to keep a sleep diary. This will include information about your naps, bedtime, and how often you awaken during the night.

Laboratory Testing


Certain types of insomnia or severe daytime sleepiness may be observed in a sleep lab. You will spend the night in a special center. Your movements, breathing, and brain activity are monitored. This will allow your doctor to identify a treatable condition that is affecting your sleep.

Monitored Breathing During Polysomnography

Sleep monitor apnea
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