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8 of the most common insomnia causes

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.

Breathing conditions such as sleep apnea may cause insomnia, as may poor heart health.

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

If you have a hectic schedule, it's important to take time to unwind and relax before going to bed.

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

Research tends to suggest that women are more likely to suffer from insomnia than men (but it's not quite that simple).

Hormonal fluctuations and menopause can both influence sleep in a negative way.

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

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Last updated: November 8, 2013

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • Jackie
    November 10, 2013, 9:46 pm

    This is my first time on this website. I just found out about it. I have been having insomnia all my life, even as a child I remember lying awake all night. I try not to get too anxious at night since this only adds to the problem..



    • Martin Reed
      November 11, 2013, 5:10 pm

      Glad you’re here. I notice you’re enrolled in my sleep training course. I trust you’re finding it helpful so far.