body movements, and heart and breathing patterns. A sleep study is a non-invasive test.
You can talk to your doctor at one of your regular visits, or make a special appointment to go in and discuss your sleep. Many people think sleep troubles are just a normal part of life, but it's important to take sleep as seriously as you would other aspects of your health. Sleep isn't routinely addressed in annual well visits, so often patients are the ones to bring up the topic. You can ask your doctor if there is anything in your medical history that could indicate the cause of your sleep difficulty.
You may want to think about the following questions beforehand to get the most out of your conversation. You may even want to jot down notes to take with you: