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What Causes Insomnia?

Counting herds of sheep at night may improve your math skills, but it won’t help if you suffer from a sleep disorder like insomnia. 

Millions of people just like you lie awake at night and struggle to fall asleep. What keeps you watching the numbers change on your clock? And is there any help for this condition? 

The team at LifeWell M.D., headed by Dr. Ramesh Kumar, helps residents of Port St. Lucie and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, when sleep is fleeting. Let’s explore the most common reasons you could be struggling with insomnia and how to get better sleep at night. 

Common reasons for insomnia 

Most people have experienced a sleepless night on occasion for various reasons. The problem arises when this happens more often than you get a good night’s sleep. If you struggle with insomnia, here are some of the most probable causes. 

Medical issues 

There are times when a medical condition — or the resulting unpleasant symptoms — can steal away your ability to get restful sleep. Some of these include: 

Some medications can keep you awake at night. Common culprits are sinus, allergy, and cold medications, or high blood pressure and thyroid drugs. 

If you have a problematic health condition that keeps you awake at night, it’s serious enough to discuss with our team. We’ll gladly help you find a long-term solution and better sleep. 

Stress

Life is more stressful than ever, and concerns over careers, finances, family, health, and related problems can keep our minds turning over and over, robbing us of sleep. 

Lack of quality sleep makes us less able to cope with these issues during the day, complicating things even more. 

We can offer stress reduction strategies and therapies for helping you cope with stress. 

Eating and drinking habits

Sometimes our bodies are still processing what we have consumed and this keeps us up into the night. Eating a large meal late or indulging in alcohol or caffeine at night can cause undue wakefulness. 

Avoid foods and beverages that cause wakefulness and try to eat early in the evening, avoiding late-night binge snacks. 

Mental disorders

We already mentioned overwhelming stress as a contributor to insomnia, but some common mental disorders can also be to blame. 

Depression and anxiety are well-known contributors to sleeplessness. In fact, depression and insomnia often form a deadly vicious cycle that’s difficult to escape. 

Aging

Growing older already has unique challenges, but one that affects many people is resulting insomnia. 

Women may especially experience this problem after menopause, with night sweats and hot flashes making it difficult to sleep. 

Men and women over 60 routinely often develop chronic insomnia. 

Busy schedules 

How busy is your work schedule? Do you travel often? Juggling different time zones or working shifts can easily disrupt your normal sleep patterns and result in insomnia. 

This also causes you to perform poorly at work, posing a risk to your career performance and safety. 

Lack of sleep preparedness 

What do you do to prepare for sleep? It may be surprising to learn that by making a few simple changes, you can dramatically improve your sleep. Here are some suggestions for good sleep hygiene

You should also try to go to bed and wake up at the same times each night and morning to get into a regular routine.  

Help for insomnia

Insomnia is a pervasive thief that not only steals away your sleep, it can rob you of career success and cause problems in your personal relationships and health.

We can help you win the battle against insomnia with an integrative approach to treatment that includes: 

By locating and treating the underlying causes of your insomnia, we can help you get the rest you need to enjoy better health and overall life quality. Contact either of our locations by phone or online to schedule an appointment today.

Author
Ramesh Kumar, MD Dr. Kumar is a Board-certified Oncologist, Integrative medicine physician, Harvard Medical School trained Acupuncturist and Best Selling Author. He has positively impacted the lives of over 10,000 patients over his 20 + year career. His passion is to help patients achieve peak physical, cognitive, and sexual health, no matter how old they are. This is achieved with a combination of cutting edge technologies and the emerging field of regenerative integrative medicine. He delivers impressive results for his patients when traditional insurance-based medicine fails or is inadequate.

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