Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Are These Symptoms Causing your Insomnia?

So you can’t sleep – a terrible punishment for anyone. Especially those who can’t sleep on the norm. It’s not an every once an awhile thing. Tossing and turning is their every night, leading to unrested days and cloudy or irritable behavior. Over time, it’s a condition that’s known as insomnia. 

But did you know there are a number of different causes for this unwelcome trait? Medical and outside factor alike, these symptoms band together – a process that keeps you awake through all hours of the night. 

Medical Conditions That Cause Insomnia

  • Back pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Nasal congestion or inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Gastrointestinal issues or pains
  • Acid reflux and/or GERD
  • Recent surgery or long-standing pains
  • Twitching or neurological issues that keep you from lying still

Non-medical causes can also cause similar insomnia patterns, such as anxiety, stress, or simply psyching yourself out. The more you think about how much sleep you’re not getting, the less amount of sleep you’re able to actually get. Caffeine is known to keep folks up, while a heavy meal too close to bed time can keep the digestive system working on overdrive, a fact that makes it difficult to rest. 

Determining which of these factors is causing you to stay awake, however, is the best way to cure them once and for all. Or to create the most viable plan for getting better sleep. Naturally, and without the need for narcotics or drugs that come with side effects. 

If you’re suffering from the inability to sleep, talk to your doctor or ask to be referred to a sleep specialist. With a few questions and/or tests, they can help narrow down what’s keeping you up. But more importantly, they can help you fix the problem once and for all. 

Be sure and check back in for even more sleep-related news.