It is so frustrating when you can’t sleep or fall asleep at night even when you are so tired. A bad night of sleep can cause you to feel groggy or unproductive throughout the day. Insomnia is a sleep disorder. People who suffer from insomnia have a difficult time falling asleep or staying asleep at night, resulting in feeling fatigued, moody, and irritable during the day. Some people suffer short-term insomnia; it is usually due to a temporary interruption of routine. Others suffer chronic insomnia and it is more likely caused by unhealthy daytime and bedtime habits, such as having an irregular sleep schedule, drinking caffeinated beverages late in the day, or eating heavy meals before bedtime. Possible causes of insomnia may be psychological and medical. Insomnia can be a symptom of other sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, which is a serious medical problem.
Some causes of insomnia
• Psychological: anxiety, stress and depression are common causes of chronic insomnia. Anger, worry, grief, bipolar disorder and trauma also contribute to insomnia
• Medications: antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, cold and flu medications that contain alcohol, pain relievers that contain caffeine, diet pills
• Daytime habits: irregular sleep schedule, napping, drinking caffeinated beverages late in the day, heavy meals too close to bedtime, lack of exercise
• Medical: insomnia can be a symptom other sleep disorders, including SLEEP APNEA, restless legs syndrome, and circadian rhythm disturbances tied to jet lag.
*You should definitely be checked if you can’t sleep. If you have insomnia, it can be a symptom of Sleep Apnea. Contact Glendora dentist, Dr. Anna Lee, for a free consultation for Sleep Apnea.