If you think you have Non 24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) and are meeting with your doctor, it’s best to go prepared.
Here are some tips to get the conversation started:
- Know your symptoms, and be prepared to discuss specific questions and examples you may have. In order to keep track of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing, we’d suggest recording the hours you sleep and wake each day in a tool such as the National Sleep Foundation Sleep Diary.
- Be prepared to discuss additional details of your sleep, including:
- How often you spontaneously fall asleep during the day
- Whether or not you feel rested after sleeping
- What affect your sleep patterns have had on your work, personal and social life
- Your mood, particularly if you believe that these sleep issues have been causing depression
You will also want to ask specific questions of your doctor about his or her experience with Non-24. Questions you may wish to ask include:
- Do you think I have Non-24?
- What is your experience treating people with Non-24?
- What do you recommend I do to successfully manage my current sleep issues?
- What do you think are my best options for treatment?
If your doctor is not familiar with Non-24, direct them to www.sleepfoundation.org/non24 for more information about this disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.