Sunday, December 3, 2006

Causes of sleeping disorders

The causes of sleeping disorders may be of different types. But though they differ the end result of them all is the same: the body's natural cycle of sleeping and keeping wake is disrupted.

So the causes of sleeping disorders can be of the following types:
  • Environmental
  • Psychiatric
  • Physical
  • Medical
The variety of causes of sleeping disorders presupposes that treatment should be directed in a way to eliminate the disturbing cause. So, first of all try to establish what's happening in your life. For example acute insomnia can be caused by life stresses (job loss, death of a relative, or moving), an illness or environmental factors (noise, light, temperature).

Other causes of sleeping disorders can include:
  • aging: about half of people over 65 have some sleeping disorder.
  • genetics: there's a genetic basis for narcolepsy, a neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the control of sleeping and staying awake.
  • medications: quite a number of medications can interfere with sleep (antidepressants, cold medicine, blood pressure medicine).
So, in order to strive agains your sleeping disorder first find out the cause of it. Keep a sleep diary. It can help you to diagnose and measure improvements in treating your sleeping disorders.

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