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    Do I have to see a doctor for Insomnia?

    Do i need to see a doctor to diagnose insomnia? Is there any medication a doctor can provide me to fall asleep? Or could i get go to the local pharmacy to get something?
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    Dr Melissa Ree

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Melissa Ree is an Insomnia and Anxiety specialist. She has worked in both clinical and research roles at private psychiatric hospitals and Universities in … View Profile

    Hello,
    It is best to see your GP if you think you are suffering with insomnia and it is not resolving by itself (its going on for a month or more). Your doctor may prescribe prescription medication to assist sleep, but it is important to remember that most of these medications are only meant to be used in the short term (two weeks or so) . Your GP may refer you to a sleep physician or psychologist for further assessment and/or treatment. A sleep physician will be able to diagnose and potentially treat other sleep disorders (such as slep apnea) that might be related to the insomnia. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a recomended first line treatment for isnomnia as it tends to have better long terms effects than medication. A psychologist who has experiecne in sleep disorders would be able to assist you with CBT.

    You can also ask your pharmacist for advice on over the counter medications that might assist sleep (e.g., anithistamines are commonly used although people do sometimes suffer with a sluggish hangover effect from these in the morning).

    I hope this answers your query. Good luck.


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