Topmost Causes Of Chronic Insomnia
Insomnia sometimes can emerge as a primary disorder. However, many times it occurs consequently due to other health disorders. Sometimes insomnia causes are nothing but a non-compliance with routine schedules. Below is the list of topmost chronic insomnia causes.
- Psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar etc.
- Painful disorders like arthritis, back pain etc.
- Chronic physical or mental stress
- Shift work
- Poor sleep hygiene
- Restless leg syndrome
- Periodic Limb Movements
- Breathing troubles like deviated nasal septum, sleep apnea, asthma etc.
- Gastrointestinal disorder (GERD)
- Jet lag
- Circadian rhythm disorders
- Use of stimulant drugs like amphetamine, modafinil etc.
- Drug withdrawal
- Certain medications causing chronic insomnia like opioids
- Certain neurological conditions like traumatic brain lesions, Parkinson’s disease
Insomnia: A self-fulfilling prophecy that can persist indefinitely
Many times one or more psychological elements exist together with insomnia. Anxiety or worrying while initiating sleep is one of these elements. People simply can’t sleep due to anxiety.
In fact, we can get numerous examples of anxiety about sleeping causing insomnia.
Gradually, worrying about sleep becomes a habit. Hence, the sleeplessness caused by the rush of thoughts become persistent. Furthermore, sleeplessness triggers anxiety resulting in a vicious cycle. Additionally, failed attempts at sleeping worsen the situation. In short, rushing thoughts, images, emotions fuels severe chronic insomnia and vice versa.
In addition, behaviors incompatible with sleeping fuel sleeplessness. Surprisingly, most of them are due to lack of awareness or followed unintentionally. All these behaviors are against best sleep hygiene practices. Below is the list of some common behaviors which impact sleep initiation and maintenance.
- Watching television instead of sleeping
- Surfing internet, social media
- Talking on phone or chatting
- Exercising at bedtimes
- Smoking, drinking or drug abuse
- Maintaining the sleep-incompatible environment in the bedroom