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Most Common Causes of Insomnia

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Many factors can affect our sleep. If we don't do all we can to promote a healthy, restful sleep, we could develop chronic insomnia. The last thing we want to do is to get addicted to sleeping pills.

Rated 1 point - posted 10 years ago by moochacha in category Health.
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Mental illness or anxiety Report Abuse
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Lifestyle Report Abuse
If we're always rushing around to meet deadlines and don't take time to exercise and relax the mind, we can be too wound up to sleep and lie awake thinking about all the things we have to do the next day.
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Environmental noise Report Abuse
Trains, barking dogs, birds, traffic, can all disrupt our sleep.
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Partner's snoring Report Abuse
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Bedroom gadgets Report Abuse
LED lights from clock radios, smoke detectors and phone chargers can have a powerful affect on our sleep habits.
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Mattresses Report Abuse
A too small mattress, one that needs replacing, or puts you too close to a tossing and turning partner could rob you of a good night's sleep.
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Stimulants Report Abuse
Nicotine and alcohol can wind up disrupting our sleep.
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Sleep apnea Report Abuse
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Prescription drugs Report Abuse
They can do more harm than good.
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Heat and cold Report Abuse
Optimal sleeping temperatures are between 62 - 68 degrees F.
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Light Report Abuse
It's best to sleep in a pitch dark room so use dark, heavy curtains or blackout curtains. Light signals our brain to wake up, so keep light away until you're ready to rise.
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Old age Report Abuse
As we age, our brain is more erratic at secreting HGH, the human growth hormone, which helps regulate sleep and permits deep sleep.
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Erratic schedules Report Abuse
People on shiftwork often have difficulty sleeping due to the stress response that generates high levels of cortisol (a hormone) on their body.
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Full moon Report Abuse
It's not a myth; the full moon brings a lot of energy to Earth and some people are very sensitive to it.
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Sleeping pills Report Abuse
Studies show that sleeping pills either don't work, or they create an addiction, so why bother?
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Cold feet Report Abuse
If you have cold feet, wear socks or put an extra folded blanket at the foot of the bed.
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Low blood sugar Report Abuse
If you wake up hungry, have a piece of cheddar cheese and go back to bed. The fat in the cheese will fill you up and the bacteria in it will prevent sugars from forming in your saliva and causing tooth decay while you sleep.
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Bed frames Report Abuse
Metal bed frames with two parallel rails can act as an "antennae" and create all kinds of disturbances to our body's electromagnetic fields.
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Late dinners Report Abuse
Late meals or too much food can hamper your ability to sleep.
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Napping Report Abuse
If you sleep during the day, you may not sleep well at night.
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