Do You Have Trouble Sleeping….

INSOMNIA

 

Tired sleepless woman

Insomnia is usually caused by a psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or some biological factors. Recent researchers have begun to think about insomnia as a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake (your brain has a sleep cycle and a wake cycle—when one is turned on the other is turned off—insomnia can be a problem with either part of this cycle: too much wake drive or too little sleep drive). The first thing you should know is to understand the problem that could be causing your sleep difficulties.

Medication conditions that can lead to insomnia includes:

  • Nasal/sinus allergies
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as reflux
  • Endocrine problems such as hyperthyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Low back pain

Medications such as those taken for the common cold and nasal allergies, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid disease, birth control, asthma, and depression can also cause insomnia.

Insomnia and Depression
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Sleep problems is linked to a symptom of depression, and the risk of severe insomnia is much higher in patients with major depressive disorders. Accordingly, studies have shown that insomnia can also trigger depression.

It’s important to know that symptoms of depression (such as low energy, loss of interest or motivation, feelings of sadness or hopelessness) and insomnia can be linked, and one can make the other worse. The good news is that both are treatable regardless of which came first.

Insomnia and Anxiety

Anxiety symptoms can lead to insomnia which can make it difficult to sleep include:

  • General feeling being overstimulated
  • Excessive worry about upcoming events
  • Tension
  • Getting caught up in thought about past events

Insomnia and Foods

Some activities and substances, including eating habits, can play a role in insomnia. If you find it difficult to sleep, review the following lifestyle factors to help figure out one or more could be affecting you:

  • Alcohol can make you fall asleep initially, but may disrupt your sleep later in the night
  • Heavy meals disrupt your sleep close to bedtime. When you eat too much in the evening, it causes discomfort makes your body unable to settle or relax. The best routine is, eat light foods before bedtime.
  • Caffeine can stay in your body system for as long as eight hours, so the effects are long lasting. Do not consume food or drinks with caffeine too close to bedtime. If you suffer from insomnia.
  • Nicotine influence the nervous system. Smoking cigarettes or tobacco products close to bedtime can make it hard to fall asleep and having difficulty sleeping well through the night. Smoking is bad to your health and can also cause insomnia. if you smoke, you should stop.

Insomnia and Brain

Some situation, may be caused by certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are known to be involved with sleep and wakefulness.

There are lots of possible chemical interactions in the brain that could hold back your sleep and may explain why some people are biologically prone to insomnia and seem to struggle with sleep for many years and unable to identify the cause-even when they follow the healthy sleep advise.

Take a note of your general lifestyle, to help you understand the factors that triggers insomnia.

 

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