Not being able to sleep is rough, when you're tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, failing to count sheep. ... It’s not fun and everyone experiences it from time to time.
Just to set things straight, insomnia is not a disease, but rather a symptom. By definition, it’s the inability to fall asleep and/or stay asleep for very long for more than three-four weeks. I call it long nights and endless days. If this goes on too long, getting checked out may be a good idea to try to figure out why you’re suffering from it.
What are the causes?
The cause of insomnia breaks down into just a few categories. These factors typically are the root cause: physical (medical) ailments, psychological reasons, and lifestyle.
Many medical conditions cause your body to have trouble sleeping. Pain is the No. 1 medical problem to keep you up at night. It’s almost always impossible to find a comfortable position when you’re hurting. Especially when the pain is due to having procedures and surgeries.
Other medical conditions include:
- Breathing issues, such as asthma, COPD
- Chronic pain
- Heart problems including angina (chest pain)
- Stomach issues, such as acid reflux and inflammatory bowel disease.
Often medications taken for these medical conditions can have side effects including insomnia. Finally, both medical procedures and surgeries become possible culprits.