Whenever someone is experiencing difficulties with sleep, they’re quick to blame insomnia. However, there are many other reasons responsible for sleeplessness.
Here are 7 of them…
This is a condition that makes people make many trips to the bathroom during the night, thus making it hard to get enough sleep. Nocturia can affect people at any age, those over 60 are more prone.
- Sleep apnoea
It’s a condition in which a person’s breathing stops and starts throughout the night. Sleep apnoea triggers disruptions by causing a person to wake up and then have difficulty falling back asleep. It can also cause patients to gasp for air while sleeping, as well as loud snoring.
- Prescription stimulants
Many medications can make it difficult to fall asleep at night—specifically, stimulants taken by individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Corticosteroids help reduce inflammation and conditions like asthma, arthritis, eczema, lupus, etc. While they can be extremely beneficial, they can also cause individuals to have a harder time falling asleep.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a condition that develops in response to traumatic events that people either experience or witness (accidents, sudden, loss of a loved one, etc). One symptom is having difficulty sleeping at night or experiencing nightmares.
- Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
This causes people to feel an urge to move their legs and can make it difficult to fall—and stay—asleep. While the exact cause of RLS is unknown, it has been linked to certain medications, as well as alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine use.
- Various lifestyle factors
Because so many lifestyle factors affect how much sleep you get, it can be difficult to pinpoint what’s causing inadequate sleep. Things like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and even exercising too close to your bedtime can mess up your sleep routine.
If you’ve tried working through all of the (many) lifestyle habits that can affect how much sleep you get each night and you still find yourself exhausted during the day, check with your doctor.
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