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Three Common Causes of Insomnia


Insomnia affects nearly 60 million people in the U.S. each year, and scientists still disagree on what the best treatment may be. If you’re one of the people suffering from insomnia, you probably know that it can be frustrating and exhausting.

While scientists still dispute over treatment, there are several well-known causes of this sleep disorder. If you’re unsure of the cause of your insomnia, one of these three things may be to blame.

Chronic Pain
Any condition that leaves you in some form of discomfort can disrupt your sleep. Arthritis, fibromyalgia and many other painful conditions can keep you up at night. The National Sleep Foundation’s 2015 Sleep in America poll found that just 36% of people with chronic pain said they consistently get good or very good sleep, while 65% of pain-free people said the same. In addition, one in every four people in the U.S. has suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours, which can be detrimental to sleeping schedules. If chronic pain is keeping you up at night, you should see a pain management specialist immediately.

Clinical Depression or Anxiety
Over 80% of individuals with depression don’t seek out help, and it could be affecting the quality of their sleep. Daily ups and downs can keep you awake now and then, but an underlying anxiety disorder or clinical depression could certainly be to blame if worries and concerns are consistently preventing your sleep. To make matters worse, worrying about sleep can make it even more difficult to drift off.

Eating and Drinking Habits
Believe it or not, your eating and drinking habits can seriously affect your quality of sleep. Despite your best intentions, you may be consistently sabotaging your own sleep with what you eat and drink close to bedtime. Many people may think that alcohol can help them get to sleep, but the reality is that it does more harm than good. Addiction to alcohol is the number one drug problem in the U.S., and can have serious repercussions for your sleep schedule.

Treatments for insomnia vary based on the causes, severity, and individual whom the disorder is affecting. However, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, promoting good sleeping habits, and communicating regularly with your doctor, insomnia can become a problem of the past.

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