Feeling a heightened sense of worry, tension, fear, uncertainty, apprehension and helplessness.
How well you cope with any emotional, social, economic, physical or other factors.
Feelings of despair, sadness and discouragement.
ENVIRONMENTAL OR TEMPORARY CAUSES
ADJUSTMENT SLEEP DISORDER
This is when reaction to a life change or stress is causing sleeplessness. It is commonly referred to as ‘tossing and turning’.
OTHER TEMPORARY FACTORS:
- Jet Lag
- Shift work
- Medication side-effects
- Overuse of Caffeine or Alcohol
- Excessive noise, extreme temperatures or a change in surroundings.
Remember… insomnia can be an indication of an undiagnosed medical or psychological condition. If insomnia persists for more than a few weeks, ask your GP for a referral for a diagnostic sleep study.
Conditions such as allergies, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, and Parkinson’s disease can all affect your sleep quality.
HORMONE CHANGES IN WOMEN
Premenstrual syndrome, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can all be causes of insomnia.
Melatonin is the hormone that helps control your sleep and it decreases as a person ages. By age 60, the body produces minimal melatonin and therefore people experience poorer sleep as they age.
Pain and discomfort from an injury or illness can often interfere with sleep.
It has been recorded that problems sleeping do tend to run in the family, however we still are yet to find out why.
Sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea where you temporarily stop breathing during sleep or periodic arm and leg movements can often be the root of insomnia.