Apart from family worries and upheavals of tumbling professional life, there are many known-unknown causes behind your sleeping woes. What you think or feel is not always the same and the reason behind your sleeping problems can be an underlying medical cause. Here are some common conditions outlined below to better understand your sleep problem:
Diabetes is a common, chronic disorder, which can cause sleep problems. It occurs when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin or do not function properly. People with poorly managed blood sugar levels may experience sleep problems due to night sweats, a frequent need to urinate or may have symptoms of hypoglycemia.
People with kidney disease have damaged kidneys that they can no longer filter out waste products and keep electrolyte in a balance as efficiently. As a result, waste products can build up in the blood causing insomnia and restless legs syndrome. Researchers are yet to find why kidney dialysis and transplant does not always return sleep to normal.
An overactive thyroid gland can cause various sleep problems such as making it hard to sleep, causing night sweats and leading to nighttime arousals. Feeling cold and sleepy is a hallmark of an underactive thyroid.
Your mental health is also associated with your sleeping problems. Certain mental conditions may affect the quality of your sleep causing you to sleep less or more.
Severe anxiety, also known as generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent, nagging feeling of worry, apprehension or uneasiness. These feelings are so intense in nature that gradually it starts affecting the individual in his or her day to day life. People with anxiety disorders will have trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, and not feeling refreshed even after having enough sleep.
Almost 90 percent of people with severe depression have insomnia. People with depression typically wake up too early in the morning and have great trouble falling asleep or get fragmented sleep throughout the night. In chronic, low-grade depression you may experience insomnia or feel excessively sleepy during the daytime.
Disturbed sleep is a classic feature of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive disorder. Lack of sleep may exacerbate or induce manic symptoms or temporarily cause depression. During a manic episode, a person may not sleep at all for several days and still appear to be energetic and during a depressive episode, he or she may spend most of the days in bed.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can disrupt sleep regulation and can affect other brain functions. The symptoms of this disorder are wide-ranged and hence, makes it difficult to treat its various symptoms at one go.
Excessive sleepiness or sleep loss can occur due to several environmental and social factors as well as the person’s overall general health, age, ongoing issues in his or her personal, professional or family life or medical conditions. All these factors certainly have a direct impact on an individual’s sleep.