Insomnia Fix: Top Causes of Insomnia

With more than 30% of the population suffering from insomnia, it is a fact that insomnia is a part of our society. Not only does insomnia have an impact on the individual, society as a whole suffers from this epidemic.

  • Polls indicate that 60% of individuals have driven while sleepy. A further 37% have fallen asleep at the wheel.
  • Insomnia impacts relationships as well. Lack of sleep is on of the main reason given for lack of intimacy.
  • It is estimated that the U.S. economy loses $150 million annually due to tired employees.

With that said, I’ve decided to take a step back. Until now, I’ve been talking about ways to help insomnia. However, before you can adequately cure something, causes must first be determined. That is why I’ve decided to share this article from The Sleep Disorders Place. The following article breaks the causes of insomnia down into 4 categories.

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Temporary circumstances
  • Aging

Each of these four areas are very different from each other, and require different approaches. Here are some examples of causes from each area. (please see the main article for more details on each cause.

Psychological

  • anxiety
  • stress
  • depression
  • bipolar disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Physical

  • hormonal changes in women
  • medical problems (arthritis, back pain, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, etc)
  • age related health issues (frequent urination, hot flashes, night sweats)
  • increased medication
  • exercise (when done too close to bedtime)
  • sleep disorders (sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, sleep walking, nightmares, etc)

Temporary Circumstances

  • jet lag
  • night shifts or overtime
  • caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol
  • over use of sleep medications (over the counter and prescription sleep meds)
  • noise and/or severe temperatures
  • poor sleep hygiene
  • “learned” insomnia
  • late night eating

Aging

  • changing sleep patterns
  • low melatonin levels
  • activity changes
  • health changes
  • increased medication

Closing Thoughts: The future of Insomnia Fix

Over the next several months, I will try to cover each of these causes in depth, one by one. I’ll let you know what’s behind each cause and give tips into how to alleviate each cause. Meanwhile, the link below will take you to The Sleep Disorders Place. This website is a great resource for insomnia.


Insomnia, more often than not, however, it is not one individual sleep disorder. Usually, the causes of insomnia are symptomatic of some other problem.

Follow this link for the main article: Top Causes of Insomnia – Sleep Disorders Place

Until next time, Namaste my friends

Tamara

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