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Sleep Disorders: Typical Causes and Information

Millions of people all throughout the United States suffer from occasional sleep disturbances, but chronic disturbances lasting for several weeks or more each year are also becoming more common. Loss of sleep is believed to cost billions of dollars a year through accidents, impaired productivity, and health care requirements.

Genetics and Neurological Issues

Some of the most challenging sleep problems come from genetic and neurological sources. A relatively small number of people are believed to be genetically predisposed to sleep disorders like insomnia, presenting as frequent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

Genetics can play a major factor in common sleep disorders and other sleep issues

Genetics can play a major factor in common sleep disorders and other sleep issues

Psychiatric Issues

Psychiatric issues can be the source of sleep disturbances. Many people who suffer from some form of anxiety disorder also have difficulty sleeping. Even in the relatively safe and protected environment of the bedroom, anxiety can make it difficult to “turn off” the constant chatter of thoughts in the brain and fall asleep promptly.

Medical and Pain-Related Issues

A wide range of medical conditions can create temporary sleep disturbances or worsen chronic sleep disorders that already exist. Medical conditions that cause ongoing pain, no matter where it is centered in the body, can make it difficult to fall asleep promptly and get a good quality of sleep.

Certain medical conditions, medications, and pain can impact your sleep, leading to sleep disorders

Certain medical conditions, medications, and pain can impact your sleep, leading to sleep disorders

Environment

Many sleep experts believe that those who are facing significant, ongoing sleep problems should start their search for the cause within the sleep environment. For example, the bedroom should be completely dark, so dark that it is impossible to see your hand in front of your face.

Lifestyle

Stress, diet, and the use of drugs or alcohol can result in difficulty sleeping. Stress releases a variety of hormones, including cortisol, that are related to the “fight or flight” response and make it hard to relax when it is time to fall asleep.

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Derek Hales

Derek Hales

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Derek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sleepopolis. Derek has tested over 90 of the most popular online mattresses, and scores of other bedding accessories. His testing approach is grounded in objective criteria and personalized in-depth research. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Samatha and dog Tibbers.
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