Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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What Causes Insomnia



Just like with many types of sleep disorders, insomnia has many potential causes.

The most common cause of primary insomnia is stress. Other possible causes include: trying to sleep in an uncomfortable environment (too much light, too cold, too noisy,) or not establishing a reliable sleep schedule. Certain medications and foods can also contribute to primary insomnia.

Secondary insomnia is caused by a medical problem. Medical conditions such as arthritis, cancer, asthma, heartburn or medication have been linked to secondary insomnia. By seeing the proper doctor or sleep specialist you should be able to find a way to get better sleep. There could be multiple root causes that you are unaware about, so talking about it with a friend or family matter may help you to discover why you can't sleep. Other possible causes of secondary insomnia include Parkinson's disease, depression, dementia, acid reflux, urinary problems, and pregnancy.

Acute insomnia could be a result from an illness such as the flu or cold. If you don't follow a proper sleep schedule, your body will set its own internal clock and think it should be awake when really you feel like you should be sleeping.

Regardless of the type of insomnia you have, it is important to consult with a qualified sleep doctor to manage your sleep disorder.

You may find this insomnia information helpful as well. 

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