Causes of Insomnia

There can be many causes of insomnia. These causes might also be the factors for other sleep related problems. A lot of insomnia cases are due to extreme stress. This stress can be mental, physical or both and if not handled properly, can lead to higher anxiety and unnecessary pain. You may be at risk for the following types of anxiety insomnia factors:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Clinical depression
  • High levels of anxiety
  • High work pressure

Smokers, alcoholics and people who are on drugs or medications can also be considered at greater risk of insomnia.

About 40% of the population in the United States has experienced insomnia at certain times in their lives. Over 10% of the US population is experiencing chronic insomnia. Nowadays, because of very bad economic situations and highly stressful jobs, more and more people are becoming more susceptible to developing insomnia.  High levels of depression, anxiety and mental stress which are all factors for insomnia are now experienced by a substantial number of the population.

Nowadays, there is a new condition termed as shift work disorder and this is caused by irregular working hours or late night shifts. People can acquire stress from marital and certain personal pressures like financial problems. Those experiencing high levels of stress may need to consider seeing a psychologist to help them reduce their stress and help them get some quality sleep.

The causes of long-term insomnia (chronic insomnia) are quite distinct from short-term or transient insomnia. Chronic insomnia symptoms can include:

  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Breathing difficulty during sleep
  • Persistent medical illness

Chronic insomnia can also arise due to psychological, physiological and biological factors such as lifestyle choices.  Drug abuse, too much caffeine consumption and poor sleeping habits easily can cause insomnia. Utilizing positive lifestyle practices like regular exercise and eating a balanced diet can make it easy to prevent insomnia. Individuals who are taking long-term medications for chronic medical problems may require doctor’s advice about their insomnia.

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