The Top 6 Causes of Insomnia

Top Causes of InsomniaIn a recent article, What is Insomina?, we defined the different types of insomnia and touched upon some common causes and symptoms. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the many different factors that can cause insomnia. There are over ten major causes, including stress, medication and anxiety. Being aware of the causes gives you the ability to make life changes (sometimes extremely simple ones) that can help you get a better night’s sleep on a consistent basis.

In all of these cases, seeking help from a medical professional, as well a trusted friend or family member, is highly advised. Here’s our list of the top 6 causes of insomnia, in alphabetical order …

Everybody suffers from anxiety sometimes. But some of us have more severe anxiety disorders, like post-traumatic stress disorder or constant worry that may be disruptive to our sleep and cause insomnia.

Caffeine (Nicotine & Alcohol)
Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants. Refrain from drinking coffee in the late afternoon or evening. And although alcohol is a sedative that can initially make you sleepy, it also stops your body from entering the deeper stages of sleep, causing you to wake up during the night.

With depression, you might suffer from insomnia or actually sleep too much.

Medical Conditions
Chronic pain, arthritis, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), overactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other medical conditions can cause insomnia.

There is a lineage of prescription drugs that can cause insomnia. They include medications for depression, allergies and high blood pressure. Here’s a partial list of some of the meds that can cause insomnia:

  • ACE Inhibitors
  • Alpha-blockers
  • ARBs
  • Beta-blockers
  • Cholinesterase Inhibitors
  • Corticosteroids
  • H1 Antagonists
  • SSRI Antidepressants
  • Statins

Like anxiety, everybody has stress in his or her lives. How we perceive the stressful event is often what drives how stressed we actually feel. If we’re feeling like stress is a heavy weight on our back, it can cause insomnia.

In addition to the issues listed above, another factor that can lead to insomnia is sleeping on an unsupportive/uncomfortable mattress or pillow. If this is the case, we suggest finding a mattress that supports your body and trying a supportive pillow like ours. Learn more about how our pillow can help you sleep better.

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Could Sleep Disorders Cause ADHD Behavior in Kids?

Could Sleep Disorders Cause ADHD Behavior in KidsDid you know that children who experience poor sleep can exhibit symptoms very similar to ADHD? Over the years, many studies have been performed linking ADHD to poor sleep patterns. But more recent studies suggest there are some cases where poor sleep patterns are causing behaviors that at first glance appear to be ADHD. Let’s examine this more closely and look at ways to help children sleep better — whether they have ADHD or not …

Children who consistently experience lack of sleep typically exhibit the following symptoms:

A decrease in …

  • Performance
  • Reaction time
  • Ability to concentrate
  • Absorption or processing of information

An increase in …

  • Irritability
  • Hyperactivity
  • Memory lapses
  • Being accident or injury prone
  • Behavior problems and acting out
  • Impulsive behavior

If you’re thinking these symptoms sound almost identical to those of ADHD, you’re correct. In the medical profession, ADHD has gotten so much attention that it has a tendency to dominate conversations, as well as diagnosis. And since the symptoms are so similar, it’s very easy to mis-diagnose sleep deprivation as ADHD.

In many ways, this is a very similar conundrum as to what came first: the chicken or the egg? In some cases, sleeplessness can cause ADHD symptoms, while in other cases ADHD can cause sleeplessness. And although our blog can’t diagnose a definitive answer as to what a particular child’s symptoms actually mean, we felt it was important to raise awareness about the similarities between these two conditions to help spark conversation between parents and pediatricians.

According to Parenting magazine, “experts believe many kids are actually misdiagnosed as having ADHD when the problem is really a sleep disorder like sleep apnea (in which a child stops breathing and wakes several times throughout the night) or restless leg syndrome (where the legs jerk randomly and wake a child up) … If you suspect your child may have ADHD, it’s wise to get him or her assessed for sleep problems as well. Even if ADHD is the correct diagnosis, having your child sleep longer and more soundly will likely help manage her behavior.”

“Sleep deprivation can cause daytime hyperactivity and decrease
in focused attention. This can be mistaken for ADHD or other
behavior disorders.” — National Institutes of Health

Signs that your child may not be sleeping well:

  • He or she does not wake up “spontaneously” in the morning. In other words, it typically takes multiple attempts to have them wake up
  • Oversleeping that causes rushed or missed breakfast
  • Sluggish, sleepy behavior (in school or at home)
  • Trouble concentrating or completing tasks
  • Daytime irritability
  • Falling asleep in the afternoon once home from school

If your child is having trouble sleeping, the Natural Comfort Pillow may help
In addition to seeking assistance from your pediatrician, there’s a good chance our pillow can help your child sleep better. Whether the issue is ADHD, or sleep deprivation, the goal is to help your child get more rest.

Our pillow is made to work for both children and adults. One side of the pillow has bolsters that accommodate larger individuals, while the other is made for smaller individuals including children. Learn more.

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