What Causes Insomnia?
Sleeplessness is often attributed to instability of the mind and other lifestyle issues such as an inconsistent sleep pattern, genetic disposition and certain dietary factors.
Recent research has shown a correlation between the brain and insomnia. According to the study, sleeplessness occurs when aspects of the brain remain active when it should not be and the rhythm becomes skewed. Let’s look at some of the underlying causes of insomnia.
Ill Health and Sleeplessness
Certain maladies can result in sleeplessness. Interestingly, certain illnesses can definitely cause sleeplessness while in other cases it is indirectly brought about by accompanying symptoms.
Some health issues that may lead to sleeplessness are as follows:
- Mucus build up and sinusitis
- Severe Digestive problems (acid reflux)
- An overactive thyroid
- Inflammation of the muscles
- Respiratory illness
- Neurological problems
- Severe discomfort
Ironically some conventional medicine used to treat certain common viruses,allergens, hypertension, cardiac problems, low iodine related illnesses, fertility, inflammation of the lungs and depression have been shown to have resulted in sleeplessness. Sleeplessness may also come about when individuals suffer from certain neurological disorders such as restless leg syndrome that makes it a severe challenge for patients to have a restful sleep.
Sleep apnea can also lead to severe breathing difficult that can result in severe sleeplessness. However you should seek medical help of you have ongoing sleeplessness because it is treatable and in many instances it simply requires certain lifestyle changes such as making your bedroom conducive to sleep or getting rid of any kind of stimulant before bedtime.
The Mind and Sleeplessness
If your mind is unsettled it may result in sleeplessness and prolonged sleeplessness can affect your mental and physical well being. Insomnia tends to be more evident among people who are depressed and the bad news is that insomnia often makes the situation worse.
Usually if you are depressed you may feel listless,lack enthusiasm and you over time develop a rather glum outlook on life. However there is hope as these two conditions can be reversed or rectified.
Sleeplessness and Your Nerves
Worry is a culprit that will steal your sleep if it is allowed to and if you are a worrier it is very likely that you may be an insomniac. Here are some issues that may be linked to sleeplessness
- Being tensed
- Obsessing over some decision you made and possibly can’t change
- Being anxious about upcoming events
- Having too many things to do
- An overactive mind
Stress is a major factor that really cannot result in anything even remotely positive and if it is not dealt with then you run the risk of having long and gruesome sleepless nights. The solution here involves reconditioning and re-training your mind.
Your Everyday Habits and Wakefulness
You are what you repeatedly do and if you do not subscribe to habits conducive to restfulness then you will definitely struggle with insomnia at some point. To overcome sleeplessness you must have a healthy regime and a consistent sleep schedule.
How your everyday practices can affect your sleep:
If you do most of your tasks nearing or after sunset you run the risk of over stimulating your mind just before you sleep
When you sleep briefly during the days it may throw your circadian rhythm off when you want to retire
Inconsistent sleep patterns like oversleeping because you did not for some reason get enough previously
Suddenly changing your work hours
It is a good idea to tackle sleeplessness the minute it starts surfacing because if you leave it untreated you may start developing lifestyles and sleep patterns that will only serve to make it more chronic.
Many insomniacs simply find ways to pass the time and then they have difficulty breaking the habit altogether. They may then become terrified of going to bed and may begin feeding serious negative associations. Luckily there are measures that can be used to remedy the problem such as changing certain behavior, practicing good sleeping habits and adhering to a a strict sleep schedule. However should you try and fail at these then you should seek medical help.
Changing Your Diet
Your diet can hold the key to your recurrent sleeplessness
Strong Drink and Spirits
Having strong drinks may cause you to fall into a mild to severe drunken stupor but it will negatively affect your sleep in the long run.
Caffeine will usually wake you up and you may do a better job at work. However too much caffeine may cause you to become an insomniac. Surveys have shown that individuals who have close to five caffeinated beverages on a daily basis were more likely to suffer from intense sleeplessness twice every seven days than those who consumed less or none. Caffeinated beverages have a longterm effect on the body and so they really should not be had at nights.
Nicotine is not only terribly bad for your health it can cause you to become an insomniac. These are good incentives to quit and you really should consider eliminating it.
Large Portions Before Bed
Never consume large portions minutes before you retire because a sluggish digestive system may keep you up and if you like peppery food you should do so long before you sleep to reduce the risk of indigestion.
Insomnia & The Brain
If you are an insomniac it good well be that those message bearing codes in your brain may just have gone haywire. In some instances insomnia is unfortunately closely tied to genetics.