Causes Of Not Sleeping


Basics

There are many causes of not sleeping. Let's look at some basic facts about insomnia, ways to prevent it, and how to treat it. Insomnia includes trouble falling asleep at night, waking up during the night, and/or waking up too early in the morning. About 30% of all Americans experience insomnia often enough for it to be a problem for them.



There can be both mental and physical causes of not sleeping. Anxiety, stress, and depression can all cause insomnia. Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and hormonal imbalances can cause insomnia. Some medications can cause insomnia, as well.

Prevention

Learning the facts about insomnia can help you prevent it. Often the causes of not sleeping are simple things. For example, don't sleep late and don't nap during the day, or you'll likely have trouble sleeping at night. Avoid caffeine- even small amounts can cause difficulty sleeping. Don't go to bed until you are tired. Make sure your bed is comfortable and that your bedroom is dark and quiet.

Treatment

Understanding the causes of not sleeping in your case will allow you to choose the right treatment for you. If you are not sure why you are having trouble sleeping, talking to a doctor or counselor might help you figure it out.

If there is a physical problem causing your insomnia, you will need to get treatment for your medical condition from your doctor. If you think your insomnia might be a side effect of a medication you are taking, talk to your doctor. Don't stop taking your medication, though, before checking with your doctor and getting the facts about insomnia.

If you are having trouble sleeping because of anxiety or stress, learning to manage your stress is the key. Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises at bedtime may help. Exercises like yoga or tai chi may be useful. You may want to consider professional counseling to help you deal with your anxiety or depression. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Some people try to treat their sleeping problems on their own with over-the-counter medications. These are often effective, but can lose their effectiveness over time. They can have side effects like next-day grogginess, dizziness, and headaches. They can also be addictive if you take them very often.

Doctors often treat insomnia with prescription medications. Whether the causes of not sleeping are physical or psychological, sleeping pills are generally effective and are often prescribed. There is a downside to sleeping pills, however.

Prescription medications for insomnia carry the risk of a great many potential side effects. Some of the more popular drugs can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pain, anxiety, depression, blurred vision, and hallucinations. All can be habit forming. All can leave you feeling groggy and "hung over" the next day, particularly if you don't get at least eight hours of sleep. It is important to understand these facts about insomnia medication and to talk to your doctor about them.

Because of the serious risks involved with over-the-counter and prescription medications for sleep, many people prefer a natural alternative. Natural sleep aids are gentle on the body and do not usually carry the risk of side effects. The natural ingredients may have other health benefits as well, such as relieving stress and anxiety.

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When To See Your Doctor

See your doctor if you've tried other things but still can't sleep. Your doctor can help you figure out the causes of not sleeping. Learn the facts about insomnia and talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you.



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