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6 common causes of chronic insomnia

6 common causes of chronic insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that most people undergo on their lives at least once. Insomnia makes it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep.

It also causes you to wake up too early without being able to go back to sleep, and people with insomnia are frequently tired.

This sleep disorder causes irritability and exhaustion, overall affecting quality of life. Not being able to find the root stops many people from curing their insomnia.

Here are the most common habits that cause those sleepless nights.

1. Too much screen-time

If you’re constantly using your phone, computer, or TV before bed time, you can’t sleep because it’s emitting a blue light. If you really can’t give up that nocturnal screen addiction right now, we recommend turning hour devices to “Night Shift” or a similar setting that emits a soothing orange light that doesn’t interfere with sleep cycles as much.

2. Stress

After the coronavirus pandemic, is there anyone out here who isn’t stressed? Common stressors include worries about work, health, school, finances, or relationships. Exercise can increase endorphins and reduce stress, so maybe include some yoga or pilates before bedtime, or even when you wake up for a better night of sleep.

3. Late night eating

We’re all guilty of this sometimes — late night munchies happen to everyone, but you should try to keep it to light and healthy portion-controlled snacks to avoid poor digestion and heartburn, both of which can keep you tossing and turning throughout the night. Plus, it’s just straight up uncomfortable to lie down when you’re extremely full.

4. Work or travel schedule

We can’t always control this, but it might be a reason why you’re a chronic insomnia sufferer. Circadian rhythms are basically your internal clock, controlling your metabolism, body temperature, and sleep-wake cycle. They’re negatively affected by jet lag, constantly changing shifts, or working a very early or very late shift. Inconsistent and random bedtimes gets our body clock confused.

5. Spending too much time in bed

Did you know that your bed should only be reserved for sleep and lovemaking? Doing other things like working, watching TV, and eating in bed can make it harder to sleep at night. Keep the meals and work or study sessions at the dining room table!

6. Medication

Often, prescription drugs for all kinds of uses can end up affecting sleep negatively. This includes antidepressants and meds of blood pressure or asthma. Even OTC meds for pain, allergy, and weight loss can contain stimulants including but not limited to caffeine.

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