Insomnia: Sleeping disorder and its causes
The best way to treat any of the disease is to get to its cause first. You need to become a serious sleep detective to get to the roots of the causes of this disease. Almost half of the insomnia cases of the world are due to the common causes such as stress, depression and anxiety.
These three causes have been the one due to which insomnia has affected most of the people in the world. In addition to these three causes some of the other common causes of insomnia may be your sleeping routine, your daytime habits, as well as your physical health may play some role.
In order to tailor the treatment of insomnia properly, you must identify all possible causes due to which you have been affected by this disease. You cannot get to the solution before you have got to the root cause of the disease.
Here are some of the common causes of insomnia:
- Are you having a lot of stress?
A person under a lot of stress, day in day out may suffer from insomnia easily. Stress leads to loss of sleep, which in turn causes insomnia eventually. Mainly the stresses can be due to worries at the workplace, workload, emotional stress or any other family problem.
- Depression or emotionally low condition
If you are depressed or feeling emotionally flat and hopeless than you may be prone to insomnia easily. These conditions directly affect your mental health and hence affect your sleep. If you have any sort of anxiety, worry or if you struggle with any chronic feeling, then these conditions may also be the cause for your insomnia.
- Mental and physical causes
Sometimes it has been noticed that insomnia does not last for too long and goes by itself after a few days. This has been noticed when insomnia is related to an obvious cause which is temporary also. These causes may include stress due to an upcoming event at the workplace, jet lag or a painful breakup. If this is not the case then insomnia can be stubbornly persistent. Chronic insomnia is generally tied to an underlying physical or mental issue.
- Psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, chronic stress and post trauma stress disorder may lead to insomnia.
- Some of the medications such as antidepressants, flu and cold medications which have alcohol as their constituent, pain reliever which are highly dosed with caffeine, corticosteroids, diuretics, thyroid hormone and high blood pressure medications can also be the cause of insomnia in many cases.
- Some of the medical problems which can also be the cause of your insomnia are asthma, parkinson’s disease, allergies, acid reflux, cancer, kidney disease, chronic pain or hyperthyroidism.
- Some of the sleep disorders may also prove to be the cause of insomnia which includes sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.
Here are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself to get to the roots of your cause of insomnia:
- Have you been on sort of medication which can lead to insomnia?
- Do you have any of the above mentioned health problems which is hindering your sleep?
- Do you have a comfortable and quiet sleep environment?
- Do you have the habit of going to the bed and getting up in the morning at the same time?
- Are you spending your day’s time out in the sunlight and night in darkness?
These questions and suggestions may get you closer to the cause of your insomnia. It is the first and the foremost step to get to know the cause and then look for the solution.