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What Causes Insomnia?

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 0

Millions of people are affected each night by one of the most common sleep disorders out there, insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that either involves an individual not being able to go to sleep or a person is not able to stay asleep. Typically, people who get insomnia exhibit characteristics of it sporadically, not every night. There is no one cause of insomnia, each case is different, but a variety of different factors can cause it. It is important to understand what causes insomnia.

Your mind can be a large contributor to you getting sleepless nights. If you happen to be anxious about something, stressed out because of life, or you are a sufferer of depression; you are at a higher risk of being an insomniac. If you suffer from anxiety or being overstressed then be sure to take time out of your day for yourself. Going to the gym, relaxing, and taking your mind off things can go a long way in improving your sleeping patterns. If you are depressed, be sure to get sunlight and fresh air everyday and take any medicine that has been prescribed to you.

Decreased levels of brain chemicals, which happen naturally, can have a large role in people suffering from insomnia. Suffering from constant pain from an old injury or even a new one can lead to sleepless nights. Pain relievers should help and make sure you see a doctor about your injury. Other sleep disorders can result in you suffering from insomnia. Muscles in your leg twitching, sleep apnea, and your significant other snoring can all keep you awake night after night. Leg twitches is also called restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea is when you stop breathing as you sleep.

Other factors people often do not think of can also contribute to insomnia. If you are a frequent traveler, you are familiar with jet lag. That can keep anyone up who has been traveling across the country or around the world due to switching time zones. Eating and drinking anything, especially if it has caffeine and sugar in it can keep you awake longer. Experts often tell people to abstain from ingesting anything other than water a few hours before bed. Things that you may not typically think of can cause insomnia like excessive noise, being too hot, and not being in your own bed.

Many things can cause insomnia, so you need to figure out what is bothering you and find a way to defeat it. You may need to see a doctor and make changes to your daily habits, but it is crucial to solve your problem in order to sleep. Getting a good night's sleep is the natural way for your body to renew itself each and every day, so disrupting that is not good to do. The first thing you have to do is figure out what causes insomnia in your case and then figure out what to do about it.


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