Insomnia: Factors That Affect Your Sleep

Posted on January 29, 2009 @ 2:16 am
by Rose K Taylor

Insomnia is more common than you think. At least half of the population has, at some time, suffered from some form of insomnia. Identifying causes of your insomnia can help you determine if you are suffering from the short term or the long term condition. Help yourself to get the sleep you need.

Short term insomnia is also referred to as transient insomnia. Usually changes in our habits or the environment in which we live and work contribute to the development of transient insomnia. If you are experiencing this type of insomnia, work to eliminate external factors causing your sleeplessness.

Caffeine is good during the day but not at bedtime. It is found in beverages like coffee, energy drinks, and soft drinks. It is a stimulant that keeps you from falling asleep.

People who drink alcohol seem to sleep, but it is not the deep sleep they need. Alcohol actually contributes to your lack of sleep. If you are looking for a restful night of zzz’s don’t drink alcohol.

Nicotine stimulates your system. It is easier for non-smokers to fall asleep and stay asleep than it is for smokers. The nicotine keeps them awake.

Sights and sounds can cause insomnia. Leaving lights or the television on can prevent you from falling asleep. Use a sleep mask or close your curtains and blinds to fall asleep and stay asleep.

We all do our best to avoid it but stress can take a toll on our sleep patterns. Worrying about finances, family, and work contribute to incidents of insomnia. Find ways to deal with your stress through counseling or confiding in a friend. Your efforts will return your sleep patterns to normal.

Traveling interrupts your sleep patterns. Driving during the day or flying the “red eye” flight keeps us awake when we are usually sleeping. While on vacation concentrate on keeping sleep routines as close as possible to the way you sleep at home.

Long term insomnia is also referred to as chronic insomnia. Here are some of the causes:

Fragmented breathing caused by sleep apnea causes frequent waking. Sleep apnea is dangerous and it is very important to see a doctor if sleep apnea is a problem.

Restless Leg Syndrome or the urge to move your legs due to tingly feelings felt when trying to relax. This is another difficult problem for which you should see a doctor.

One symptom of depression is difficulty sleeping. Other emotional disorders have sleeplessness as a symptom. See a doctor to treat the underlying cause of the sleep problems.

Some reach for the sleeping pills to control their insomnia. Before going this route, try to resolve the issue naturally.

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