Did you know that insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the world? Whether you experience it occasionally or you suffer from chronic insomnia, losing sleep at night definitely isn’t fun. In order to begin treating this disorder, it’s important that we understand it more fully. Let’s take a look at what causes insomnia.
The first thing you need to know is that there are a number of things that can cause insomnia. Maybe you’re jetlagged from a day of travel to a different time zone.
Maybe you’re feeling anxious about an event you have coming up. When your brain is adjusting to new conditions or working through feelings of fight or flight, it can be tough to sleep. Fortunately, exhaustion catches up to most people eventually.
That said, underlying conditions (respiratory, gastrointestinal, etc.) can override that exhaustion and keep us awake at night. And as those sleepless nights start to pile up, we may develop anxiety about losing sleep in our beds, which can make the bedroom a difficult place to be. This makes managing stress effectively one of the most important practices we have to treat insomnia.