Sleep plays an important role in our physical health. It helps our body to recover from our daily activities, refresh our mind, repair our body, boost our immunity and recharge our heart and cardiovascular systems for the next day.
Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, poor memory, poor concentration, mood swings, slow judgement and reaction, and poor coordination.
It’s important to identify the causes of your insomnia or lack of sleep and treat them accordingly.
Top 32 Things That Interfere With Your Sleep
- Stress (Job-related stress, financial worries, family crises, or relationship)
- Angina pectoris
- Asthma and other chronic breathing problems
- Birth control pills (Contraceptive pills)
- Hypertension (High blood pressure)
- Incontinence (Lack of bladder control)
- Jerking hands and legs in sleep (Restless leg syndrome or Periodic Leg Movement Disorder)
- Kidney infections
- Bladder infections
- Kidney stones
- Migraine headaches
- Menopause or pre-menopause
- Narcolepsy (Tendency to fall asleep whenever in relaxing surroundings)
- Sleep apnea (Pause in breathing or shallow breaths while yousleep)
- Thyroid problems (Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism)
- Sleeping pills
- Medications that can disrupt sleep
- Emotional problems and sleep
- Foods prevent sleep such as foods high in sugar (avoid eating chocolates, dates, raisins, candies, cookies, cakes, pies, sugared cereals before bedtime), too much starches (corns, potatoes, rice, spaghetti and other flour products), white bread, caffeine (tea, coffee, cola drinks).
- Jet lag upsets your sleep
- Shift workers
- Advanced sleep phase syndrome (ASPS) is a condition in which patients feel very sleepy and go to bed early in the evening (e.g. 6:00–8:00 p.m.) and wake up very early in the morning (e.g. around 3:00 a.m.).
- Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is disorder in which a person’s sleep is delayed by 2 or more hours beyond the socially acceptable or conventional bedtime. This delay in falling asleep causes difficulty in waking up at the desired time.
- Reduced daylight in winter can cause seasonal affective disorder
- Photo credit: http://sleepdynamics.com/
- Buchman D, The complete guide to natural sleep, Keats Publising, USA.