Sleepless Again? Discover What Causes Insomnia & Get Some Sleep
Have you been struggling with not getting enough sleep? Have you tried everything and still wound up sleepless again? Well, the trick to curing your insomnia problems is to understand what causes them. Then, you can attack it at its source.
There are many different things that could actually be causing your insomnia. So, it’s important to consider all of them before you just jump to conclusions. They can be grouped into a few categories.
Any physical ailment that could distract you from sleeping could be the cause of your problems. That could mean a permanent issue, like sleep apnea or asthma. It could also mean a seasonal allergy.
Another possibility, though, is that you could have a temporary physical injury. For example, let’s say that you have a broken bone. If you have to lay in a certain position to sleep because of that, or, worse yet, can’t sleep at all because of that, it could cause insomnia until the condition heals. Of course that can turn into a major problem, since your body won’t heal as quickly if you aren’t getting enough rest.
Gender and Age:
Women seem to be more prone to insomnia. That’s because the sleep schedule can be greatly affected by changes in the balance of hormones in a person’s body. So, for example, if you are a woman who is pregnant or going through menopause, you could develop trouble sleeping.
Also, our sleep cycles are dependent upon how much melatonin our bodies produce and at what times of day. Typically, melatonin production is higher at night and drops off in the morning. Older people often produce less melatonin or produce it more sporadically, though.
Your mental state can also have a huge impact on how you sleep, either temporarily or permanently. By that I mean that you could just be a generally anxious or stressed person. On the other hand, though, you could find your sleep schedule suffering on specific occasions when your stress level is raised. For example, a lot of people don’t sleep well during the week before they get married because they are too stressed.
When it comes to what causes insomnia, substance problems are pretty high on he list. Basically, that means drugs, alcohol or smoking. However, caffeine can also play a roll, as can medications, both prescribed and over the counter. So, it’s important to be careful of what you put into your body and when.
Finally, there’s other distractions. Too much light or sound is never good when you’re trying to sleep. While it might be nice to watch TV until you pass out, for example, remember that the TV still stays on while you’re sleeping. So, one of two things can happen. Either hearing the TV in the background can give you nightmares or the volume might change when the program changes, waking you up. Either way, it doesn’t make for restful sleep.
Of course, there are other distractions to consider, too. For instance, your spouse, your kids or your pets might wake you up on a regular basis. You could also have a noisy neighbor that keeps you up at night.
No matter what, the point is to understand your insomnia. It’s important to know why you have it, if you want to be rid of it. Then there’s no reason you have to be sleepless again.
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