Unusual Causes of Sleep Loss
Engaging in activities that stimulates your brain just a few hours before bedtime is a surefire way to give you a hard time falling asleep. Same thing goes when you do a rigorous workout before snooze time or when your mind is preoccupied with a lot of things that went during your entire day at work. They’re common and they’re not really too hard to resolve. But there are also surprising reasons that are leaving some people wide awake even after the clock hits twelve midnight.
Undiagnosed GERD. Also known gastroesophageal reflux disorder, GERD can cause sleep disturbance. In a 2005 survey of 1,900 people with GERD in the U.S. and Europe, 55 per cent said they experienced difficulty sleeping at night. There are studies that identified several ways in which GERD-related symptoms interfere with sleep, one of them is the pain of heart burn that may awaken the affected individual or not make him/her sleep in the first place.
Medicine and Supplements. Your medicine cabinet may look unsuspecting, but the culprit to your sleep problems may just be in there. For example, steroids for asthma and beta-blockers for heart problems can keep you up at night. Supplements like ginseng and some vitamins can cause sleep loss, too.
Pain. Health conditions like migraine, PMS, fibromyalgia, and back pain can all contribute in sleep loss. Even menstrual pain can be a factor. The pain you’re experiencing can reduce the amount of time in deep, restorative sleep.Tags: causes of sleep loss, chronic sleep loss, effects of sleep loss