My dad is 89. He has had constant insomnia for months, Dr at the VA was informed, but always want to wait on this, that, or the other thing before prescribing any sleep meds. Three weeks ago my dad went into the hospital for three days because of an unexplained Atrial-Fib episode. First thing the hospital doctor asked was about insomnia and sleep apnea. After reminding the VA Dr. last week, they decided to send my dad for sleep apnea testing. That doesn't happen for 8 more days. Today the Dr from the sleep apnea testing facility called my dad with a bunch of questions. My father told him he has had insomnia for months, and has not slept at all in three days. The doctor told him to call his VA doctor immediately and tell him that they suggest he be put on sleep meds. He did, and the nurse told him, "We don't like to give sleep medications." The doctor later called back and said he wants to wait until the results are in from the sleep apnea testing before he decides what he wants to do - he won't even be tested for eight more days. Today was his third day without sleep, and fourth out of the last five. He was so exhausted he was stumbling, so I tried to get him into a private doctor. The earliest they will see him is two weeks. They suggested I try a walk-in clinic. I took him tonight. They only have a nurse practitioner, and she cannot prescribe sleeping pills. They suggested I take him to a private doctor asap... Right now he is so exhausted and frustrated I am afraid it is killing him. I am certain the lack of sleep contributed to the A-Fib episode, but the doctors do nothing but wait. I want to take him to urgent care, but he is too tired and upset to go. I am disabled and exhausted, too. He wanders the house day and night unable to sleep. Please, any advice is welcome. I am too worn out to think straight.