Insomnia – 14 Possible Causes

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Insomnia affects multiple areas of one’s life, such as health, weight gain, anxiety levels, relationships, memory, and work proficiency.

A Forbes.com posted an article today on 14 possible causes of insomnia. By identifying possible causes, you can make the necessary lifestyle changes or talk with your physician. Here are excerpts on the possible causes. Please use the link below to read the full article.

Depression And Anxiety – It’s estimated that 40 percent to 50 percent of people with insomnia also have depression or an anxiety disorder. Research shows the connection is present in children, too.

Environment – Some of us are more sensitive to noise. It’s also believed to be better to have a cool rather than warm bedroom. The cooling off effect you experience after drinking warm milk or taking a warm bath helps you feel sleepy.

Marital Strife – Research has shown that married people tend to have fewer sleep problems than those who are divorced. Studies show happily married women had fewer troubles falling asleep, staying asleep, fewer early morning awakenings and more restful sleep.

Being With Baby – A University study shows that parents’ sleep and their satisfaction with the infant’s nighttime behavior was worse when the infants spent any part of the night with parents versus those who slept apart.

Medication – selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), antidepressants cause insomnia, talk to your doctor about your prescriptions.

A Sleep Disorder – In cases of sleep apnea, the throat is blocked during sleep, preventing sufficient air flow to the lungs The condition leads people to snore as well as temporarily stop breathing during sleep, causing them to momentarily awaken.

Father Time – Health experts say that between the ages of 50 and 60, people tend to sleep lighter and wake up more frequently [often due to various health issues].

Heart Disease- Poor heart health also can upset your night’s sleep. People with heart failure may wake up due to breathing troubles, a result of fluid buildup in the lungs.

Too Busy – A hectic daily schedule can wreak havoc on your ability to get a good night’s sleep, particularly if you don’t make time to decompress for a half hour or an hour before climbing into bed.

Health Concerns – A university in Brooklyn shows that a significant number of women who worried about cancer, none of whom had a history of a physician-diagnosed cancer, had trouble sleeping.

Late Night Eating – Eat a big meal before bedtime and you’re asking for a restless night’s sleep. Make sure you don’t hit the hay until at least three hours after dinner.

You’re A Woman – Women tend to have higher rates of insomnia than men [due to] hormonal changes and duties associated with child rearing.

Too Much Napping – [Some] experts say that napping during the day decreases your overall drive for sleep, which builds throughout the day.

Staying In Bed – Lingering can increase performance anxiety. After a while, you may begin to associate lying in bed with your struggle to fall asleep.

Read the full article on AOL Health – 14 Reasons You’re Not Sleeping

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