Four Common Triggers of Insomnia

by Martin Reed Patient Advocate

If you have been dealing with sleeping issues or full blown insomnia for over a month, it's time for the cause to be identified. Chronic insomnia isn’t something that is likely to go away on its own. Insomnia can linger for a long time, sometimes years. The sooner it is addressed the better. By discovering the root cause of your insomnia you can start attacking it and removing it from your life.

Physical pain

Pain is one of the top causes of sleeping issues for insomniacs. What science knows is that sleep is the time when your body heals and repairs itself from damage and illness. Being in physical pain and dealing with insomnia is not a good combination. You must have adequate rest to heal.

Whether the pain is in the back, joints, muscles, whether you deal with migraines or some other type of pain, visit your physician – especially if it is so severe that it is causing you to lose sleep. There are treatments and medications available to help you cope with pain so you can get the sleep you need.

Mental issues and stress

It probably is no surprise to learn that mental issues and stress are a top cause of insomnia.

Whether you find yourself dealing with something unforeseen such as a death, loss of a job or a relationship, or dealing with prolonged feelings of sadness or anxiety that you cannot shake, help is available.

Choosing to seek help is not something to be embarrassed about. Additionally, refusing to seek out help for your mental health or your insomnia issues will generally only result in both of them getting progressively worse as time goes on.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes are a leading cause of sleep issues in women. Birth control, menstruation, pregnancy, peri-menopause, and menopause can interrupt and disturb regular sleep patterns.

However, women should not feel as though they are at the mercy of their hormones. Changes can be made in birth control. Hormones can also be regulated with medication in women who are going through menopause.

Natural remedies and treatment options are available for pregnant women who are having trouble sleeping. Don’t face it alone; talk to a professional today about the problems you are experiencing.

Prescription medications

As we age, the chances are high that we will be prescribed one medication or another. The truth is some medications that help one condition may cause another condition to occur. This can be the case with insomnia.

If insomnia is starting to show itself in your life, investigate your medications.

Prescription drugs for cholesterol, blood pressure, hypertension, depression, and more can affect your sleep. Talk with your doctor about your sleep issues and see if your medications could be culprit. Sometimes just changing the time at which you take the medication is all it takes to get back to a regular sleeping pattern.

Martin Reed
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Martin Reed

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Coach, an eight-week course that combines online sleep education with individual sleep coaching. His course helps clients improve their sleep so they can enjoy a better life with more energy and start each day feeling happy, healthy, rested, and refreshed. Martin also runs a free sleep training course that has helped over 5,000 insomniacs. He holds a master’s degree in health and wellness education and studied clinical sleep health at the University of Delaware.