Following an at home sleep assessment, it is sometimes recommended that you should review with a GP or Sleep Physician prior to beginning treatment. There are a number of reasons why these recommendations are provided, so it is important when you review with a GP or Sleep Physician, you bring those reports with you.
If you have a regular GP, it’s important to keep them updated with any sleep tests reports or treatments that you have tried or are thinking about trying. Your regular GP knows your body and is best placed to provide you with the right advice for your particular situation.
If you don’t have a regular GP, telehealth companies like Doctors on Demand provide access to Australian registered, Sleep trained GP’s who you can see from the comfort of your own home.
Typically most people will review with a GP first and if following their review, the GP thinks that you would benefit from a Sleep Physician consultation, they will provide you with a referral to see one. You can review with a Sleep Physician straight away, however you won't be eligible for a Medicare rebate if you don't have a valid referral.
GP's and Sleep Physicians are experts in understanding how your different medication, foods and activities can affect your sleep. Here are some questions that you could ask your doctor to help you improve your sleep.