Top Five Reasons You Can’t Sleep

5 factors affecting the way you sleep


1. Pain

According to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation, 15% of Americans reported suffering from chronic pain, and two-thirds also reported having sleep problems. Back pain, headaches, and temporomandibular joint syndrome in the jaw (TMJ) are the main causes of pain-related sleep loss.

2. Snoring

It is estimated that 30% to 50% of Americans snore, most without consequence. But in some cases snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, a disorder linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. If your partner snores, it can have a definite negative impact on your sleep.

3. Medications

Some prescription and over-the-counter meds can disrupt your sleep, especially if you take them close to bedtime or if your dosage is increased. If you notice sleep difficulties that coincide with a change in your medication regiment, talk to your doctor.

4. Stress

Stressful situations or events, both large (financial or marital) and small (in-laws visiting, anticipated work review), often initiate insomnia that can become a long-term problem. Insomnia is a symptom and cause of depression and anxiety. Since the brain uses the same neurotransmitters for sleep and mood, it’s often hard to know which begins first.

5. Hormones

Menopause, menstruation, and pregnancy are some of the primary sources of sleep problems among women. Hot flashes, tender breasts, and frequent urination all interrupt regular sleep patterns.