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What causes Insomnia?

There is nothing more frustrating then having the feeling that you can’t switch off, sleep is crucial but nearly half of us complain that we have troubling sleeping. This can be caused by Insomnia, but what is Insomnia exactly?

Insomnia

Is a condition of unsatisfactory sleep. It increases in both men and women as they get older.

There are two types of insomnia primary and secondary.

Primary insomnia is when insomnia occurs when no other illness or secondary cause is identified while secondary insomnia is when it occurs as a symptom of or is associated with other conditions.

The causes of insomnia

Causes of Insomnia can include poor sleep hygiene, a poor sleep environment, a disturbed sleep routine, movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s), respiratory and cardiac disorders, pain, Nocturia, sweats, drug withdrawal, and some drugs (for example benzodiazepine misuse, antidepressants). Other causes may be the concern about wakefulness, temporary problems, anxiety or depression, sleep apnoea, other illnesses, and stimulants.

If you go to your doctor thinking that you will be prescribed a sleeping pill don’t be surprised if they don’t because the Committee on Safety of Medicine think that hypnotic drugs should be avoided in the elderly.

The amount of sleep that you need to perform your best decreases as you get older.

Many people in their ’70s sleep less than 6 hours of sleep a night.

Scientists don’t yet know the reason why when we are older we need less sleep, but they think it might have to do with changes in hormone levels or other changes of the brain.


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Any information of a medical nature on this website is given to provide a general understanding of a medical condition or conditions.
No patient/doctor relationship is to be inferred and you should seek medical advice from a qualified practitioner.
Nothing on this site should be used as a substitute for competent advice from a qualified medical practitioner.

 

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  • I’d guess we need less sleep when we get older because we stop growing? Sleep is when growth hormone is released, after all. But who knows! Sleep in general is still a huge mystery even for “the scientists”.

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