Causes of Chronic Insomnia

What are your causes of chronic insomnia?
Do you lie awake at night worrying about not sleeping?

Sometimes just understanding the causes of chronic insomnia can help you to take steps to ensuring a good night’s sleep.

Chronic (long-term) insomnia is diagnosed when a person has insomnia at least three nights a week for one month or longer. This condition is more complex and often results from a combination of factors, including underlying physical or mental disorders. One of the most common causes is depression.

Sleep problems seem to run in families. About 35% of people with insomnia have a family history of insomnia, with the mother being the most commonly affected family member.

But many other factors are involved in insomnia that it is difficult to blame it on genetics.

Have a look at what causes chronic insomnia and see what might be causing your insomnia...

Then put together a programme to relax before bedtime, cut out stimulants, get help with depression – whatever applies to you.


Causes of Chronic Insomnia

  • Medical Conditions

    Almost a quarter of adults who complain of insomnia say that health conditions, pain or discomfort interfered with their sleep.

    Among the most common medical conditions that cause chronic insomnia are:

    *Arthritis
    * Kidney disease
    * Heart failure
    * Asthma
    * Sleep apnea
    * Narcolepsy
    * Restless legs syndrome
    * Parkinson's disease
    * Hyperthyroidism


  • Behavioural Factors

    Causes of insomnia may also be due to:

    * Experiencing chronic stress
    * Expecting to have difficulty sleeping and worrying about it
    * Ingesting excessive amounts of caffeine
    * Drinking alcohol before bedtime
    * Smoking cigarettes before bedtime
    * Excessive napping in the afternoon or evening
    * Irregular or continually disrupted sleep/wake schedules, as may occur with shift work.

These behaviors may prolong existing insomnia, and they can also cause it in the first place...

Stopping these behaviors may eliminate this condition altogether.

While some behaviors and medical conditions can result in short-term insomnia, others are more likely to cause chronic insomnia.

Stress, environmental noise, and jet lag can all lead to short-term insomnia.

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