Everyone has a sleepless night, but if the insomnia continues, it could be a sign of illness. Let’s take a look at ten diseases that can cause insomnia.
1. Heart disease
Remember that heart disease and lung problems often interfere with sleep. According to research, about 44 percent of people with heart disease experience poor sleep.
2. Thyroid gland
Thyroid disease causes the body to speed up various metabolic processes. As a result, a person feels nervousness and excessive energy. Thus, at night this excessive energy prevents you from relaxing and falling asleep.
Up to 80 percent of people with arthritis have trouble sleeping. So arthritis causes pain and anxiety, which creates a conducive environment for insomnia. Remember that arthritis is not just joint pain, it is also inflammation. So research shows that an increase in arthritis pain is associated with a lack of sleep.
A variety of allergens in the air cause your nose to get stuffy and keep you awake. These symptoms are severe during the day, but at night, they can especially seriously disturb your sleep. So, according to studies, more than 40 percent of people with allergy symptoms reported finding it difficult to fall asleep at night.
It is this disease that is one of the main causes of insomnia in people aged 45 to 64 years. This is how acid from the stomach flows back into the esophagus, causing heartburn, potential coughing and choking before bed. Some other symptoms may include gum disease, sore throat, belching, and bad breath. Reflux can be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist and can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication.
Constant loud snoring, often accompanied by choking or snorting, is a clear sign of sleep apnea. So when you fall asleep, your throat muscles should naturally relax. But in people with sleep apnea, the muscles relax too much. As a result, the airways disrupt their normal work. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include morning headaches, profuse sweating, dry mouth, or sore throat upon waking from sleep. People with sleep apnea may also have difficulty concentrating throughout the day.
7. Disease of the legs
If you experience tingling, burning, or soreness in your legs at night, you may have restless legs syndrome (RLS). This is how people with RLS describe their feelings as a feeling, as if something is crawling down their legs. Also, with this disease, you can experience an irresistible urge to move your legs to relieve discomfort.
8. Hormonal fluctuations
Although the average age at menopause in women is 50, hormonal fluctuations can start earlier. Thus, production of progesterone, a hormone that promotes sleep, decreases during the perimenopausal period, which contributes to insomnia.
9. Parkinson’s disease
Remember that neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease often cause sleep disturbances. People with Parkinson’s are usually able to fall asleep normally, but may wake up during the night and have difficulty falling asleep.
Studies have shown that people with depression also suffer from insomnia. The relationship between sleep and depression is complex and has two sides: Not only does lack of sleep contribute to depression, but changes in the brain in people with depression can also directly interfere with sleep. This is one of the reasons why relaxation is such an important part of depression treatment.