Causes Of Disturbed Sleep


Many people all over the world face the problem of not being able to get a good night’s sleep. You may wake up hours before your alarm, you could have gotten up to use the bathroom and not been able to go back to sleep, you could have woken up because of recurring dreams and then stayed up the whole night, the reasons are endless. Such inability to sleep and regular waking up through the night is a kind of insomnia that is troublesome and can leave you exhausted throughout the day. In this article we have sought to explore some of the  prominent causes of disturbed sleep:



Sleeping issues and depression often go hand in hand, with depressed people often quickly turning into insomniacs as well. Research has recently proven that almost 90 per cent of depressed patients have admitted to having sleep problems. Waking up early in the morning especially is a sign of depression. Further, finding difficulty in falling asleep at night, sleeping excessively etc. are also a sign of depression as well.



In women, approaching menopause is also a reason for having sleep problems. As a woman’s period ends, insomnia may begin and today over 61 per cent of women going through menopause have been recorded to suffer from disturbed sleep. A drop in progesterone level is a possible reason for this. Change in estrogen level is also a reason for disturbed sleep as well.



Diabetes patients also find it difficult to fall or stay asleep because of various reasons including fluctuations in blood sugar level, night sweats and the need to urinate frequently in the night. This works the opposite way too wherein people suffering from insomnia are more likely to develop diabetes in the future.



The traumatic pain that comes hand in hand with arthritis can also make falling asleep a tedious affair. Further, such patients also have to keep shifting positions throughout the night which again affects their sleep schedule. Fibromyalgia, caused by painful ligaments has also been observed to cause disturbed sleep as well.



Having a heart condition that affects your daily life can also play a huge role in disrupting your sleep at night. People with diseases like coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure etc. have been known to have sleeping problems due to various reasons like chest pain caused due to circadian fluctuations, accumulation of extra fluid in the lungs via sleeping etc.