Insomnia is trouble falling asleep, staying asleep through the night, or waking up too early in the morning.
Episodes of insomnia may come and go or be long-lasting.
The quality of your sleep is as important as how much sleep you get.
Causes of Insomnia
Sleep habits we learned as children may affect our sleep behaviors as adults. Poor sleep or lifestyle habits that may cause insomnia or make it worse include:
- Going to bed at a different time each night
- Daytime napping
- Poor sleeping environment, such as too much noise or light
- Spending too much time in bed while awake
- Working evenings or night shifts
- Not getting enough exercise
- Using the television, computer, or a mobile device in bed
Some medicines and drugs may also affect sleep, including:
- Alcohol or other drugs
- Heavy smoking
- Too much caffeine throughout the day or drinking caffeine late in the day
- Getting used to certain types of sleep medicines
- Some cold medicines and diet pills
- Other medicines, herbs, or supplements
Physical, social, and mental health issues can affect sleep patterns, including:
- Bipolar disorder.
- Feeling sad or depressed. (Often, insomnia is the symptom that causes people with depression to seek medical help.)
- Stress and anxiety, whether it is short-term or long-term. For some people, the stress caused by insomnia makes it even harder to fall asleep.
- Health problems may also lead to problems sleeping and insomnia
- Physical pain or discomfort.
- Waking up at night to use the bathroom, common in men with enlarged prostate
- Sleep apnea
With age, sleep patterns tend to change. Many people find that aging causes them to have a harder time falling asleep, and that they wake up more often
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How to RESET your Sleep
Get up on a regular basis for at least 3 weeks 20 - 30 minutes earlier than normal waking time. Clinical research has demonstrated that this is the most effective strategy for curing insomnia and will reset your sleep cycle.