If you know what causes your insomnia, you can start down the path towards curing your insomnia.
Below I've identified eight common insomnia causes (in no particular order) to help you get started.
Insomnia cause #1: Medical issues
Insomnia is often (but not always) the symptom of an underlying medical issue.
Insomnia cause #2: Mental health issues
It's thought that up to half of all insomniacs also suffer from anxiety. Unfortunately this can be a double-edged sword since some of the medications prescribed to relieve anxiety may cause insomnia, too.
Insomnia cause #3: Your daily schedule
Insomnia cause #4: Your napping schedule
Generally speaking, you should avoid daytime napping.
Force yourself to stay awake during the day to build up sleep pressure. When you nap, you're telling your body it's OK to stay awake at night.
Insomnia cause #5: Marriage and relationship issues
Research from the University of Pittsburgh found happily married women to have the fewest issues with their sleep compared to those who were in a bad marriage or were divorced.
Insomnia cause #6: Your diet
Your diet is of critical importance when it comes to your sleep health.
Generally speaking, you should avoid eating shortly before bed and try eating protein in your morning meals and unrefined carbohydrates in your evening meals.
Insomnia cause #7: Your gender
Insomnia cause #8: Your age
As we get older, our sleep patterns change. Typically this means we'll sleep less as we age but the good news is, research suggests we need less of it anyway.
Age-related illnesses such as diabetes and arthritis also play their part in disturbing sleep as we get older.
Source: The Times of India
Last updated: November 8, 2013