Every night, millions of people in the U.S. are struggling to fall sleep or stay asleep. For those with insomnia, sleeping can become a severe, ongoing struggle that has a negative impact on overall health and wellness.
What Causes Insomnia?
Insomnia can be caused by both psychiatric and physical medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits and certain biological factors. Researchers believe that insomnia is the result of the brain’s confusion between the sleep cycle and the wake cycle. Causes of insomnia range from mild to severe. They include:
- Nasal / Sinus Allergies
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Endocrine Problems (Thyroid Disorders)
- Neurological Conditions
- Chronic Pain
- Lower Back Pain
Certain substances and activities can also contribute to insomnia. Drinking alcohol before bed may help you fall asleep initially, but it will disrupt your sleep later in the night. Caffeine and nicotine can cause insomnia, as can eating a heavy meal before bed, especially one that involves spicy food.
Chronic insomnia can increase your risk of depression and high blood pressure, while having a negative impact on your overall quality of life. Common symptoms of insomnia include:
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Poor Memory
- Mood Swings
- Low motivation or energy
- Increased accidents
- Increased fatigue during daylight