There are millions of individuals worldwide who are having issues with falling asleep at night and when they do, they tend to find it difficult to remain asleep for long. Nonetheless, it is important to point out early in the article that just because you are having issues in falling asleep automatically means that you are suffering from insomnia. Sleep deprivation is only characterized as insomnia after you have suffered from it for a prolonged period of time. It is important that when one notices they are having sleep deprivation that they sort medical attention. This is because prolonged insomnia can manifest into something much worse, for example, chronic (extended) insomnia.
However, before going deeper into the article it is important for us to first of all look at the definition of insomnia. In simple terms, insomnia is defined as a condition whereby one finds it hard to fall asleep and in case they do they find it difficult to stay asleep. There are several factors which can cause one to suffer from insomnia. This may differ from one person to another. For example, there are people who suffer from insomnia because of stress as well as depression. On the other hand, there are those people who suffer from insomnia because of physical factors, e.g. hormonal imbalances. It is believed that women tend to suffer from insomnia more than men because of hormonal variations during menopause, pregnancy and menstruation.
According to recently released statistics, it is believed that there are approximately 40 million Americans who suffer from this sleep disorder. It is estimated that this numbers will go up in the coming years because of the hard economic times which is forcing many people to work for longer hours than they used to.
Discussed into detail are some of the common causes of insomnia:
There are certain particular health issues which can cause one to have sleepless nights. Individuals who suffer from pain related conditions, for example, arthritis, respiratory issues and cancer are likely to stay awake for the better part of the night. Because of the discomforts which they feel during the night, they keep changing position which makes them lose sleep. Other health issues that are likely to affect sleep are asthma and thyroid gland problem.
Medicine and alcohol
There are particular medications, for example, antidepressants and dieting pills which can also contribute to sleepless nights. In addition, taking alcoholic drinks before going to bed can cause you to have lack of sleep.
Other than the above, there are other factors which can lead to insomnia, for instance, exercising before sleep. This causes your body to be overactive throughout the night.