If it takes you more than half an hour to fall asleep, you wake up at night, you get less than 6.5 hours of rest, and you feel tired and exhausted throughout the day, you probably have insomnia. To cope with it, you need to find out the causes and eradicate them. Especially since some of them are dangerous without sleep problems.
Insomnia can be both a symptom of depression and the cause of depression. However, symptoms of both disorders, such as low energy, loss of interest, sadness and feelings of hopelessness, may be related.
Many adults cannot sleep because they are plagued by anxiety. Here are signals that should not be ignored:
excessive worrying about past or upcoming events;
a state of agitation, overexcitement.
Anxiety can be the cause of both difficulty falling asleep and waking up abruptly in the middle of the night. The night often causes stress and fears that make you wake up.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
This is a difficult-to-say-tohave disease, a gastrointestinal disorder and one of the possible causes of sleep problems. Those who suffer from this disease often have heartburn at night, and at such times, insomnia is unavoidable.
With GERD, acid from the stomach goes back into the esophagus, which can cause inflammation. This, in turn, contributes to a stomach ulcer or internal bleeding. Cases have been known to lead to cancer.
Hypothyroidism is a disease of the thyroid gland in which it does not produce enough hormones. Hyperthyroidism is an increase in thyroid function. Both may be the cause of your insomnia.
If you wake up at night to cough, 37% of adult asthmatics suffer from insomnia. Problems with lung function, excessive weight, and low quality of life as a consequence of the disease, all lead to difficulty sleeping.
When you have too much sugar in your blood, your kidneys try to get rid of it. Then, you feel the urge to go to the bathroom more often than usual. Including at night. And this is where the connection works like with depression: insomnia can be both a symptom and a contributing factor to diabetes.
Other dangerous diseases, among them:
Insomnia is a serious problem in itself. However, if you have trouble falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night, you should also pay attention to your overall mental and physical health. Don’t neglect it.