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Got Sleep? Why You May Not be Sleeping

By MC Kelby HERWriter
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It is the wee hours of the night and you are tossing and turning in your bed. Your partner and or pet are snoring away and you can’t catch any ZZZZZs.

You try to relax but 20 minutes had just passed on the clock. Now, you are becoming frustrated and this isn’t helping your sleepless situation.

You are not alone. According to CNN, ʺabout one-third of all U.S. adults experience weekly difficulties with nighttime sleep, and an estimated 50 to 70 million people complain of associated daytime impairment.ʺ

Your insomnia may also be carrying over to the workplace. ʺInsomnia costs [the]U.S. $63 billion annually in lost productivity,ʺ said CNN.

CNN also revealed insomnia rates are higher among women.

What is the exact cause of your sleeplessness? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), ʺabout 50 percent of insomnia cases have no identifiable cause.ʺ

Don’t be discouraged by this percentage because there are remedies for your sleepless nights. However, some of these reasons for sleep-deprived nights, according to UMMC and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), include:

• The snoring partner. Their snoring interrupts you sleep patterns.

• Medication side effects. NHLBI website stated ʺcertain asthma medicines, such as theophylline, and some allergy and cold medicines can cause insomnia. Beta blockers also can cause the condition. These medicines are used to treat heart conditions.ʺ

• Emotional disorders (anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder). According to UMMC, studies have revealed that between 40 to 60 percent of people who have insomnia show signs of depression.

• Neurological disorder (Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease)

• Stress

• Menopause and hot flashes. More than 30 percent of women experience insomnia

• Disruption of circadian rhythms -- shift work, jet lag, or vision loss can impair the body's natural clock.

• Sleeping disorders such as restless legs syndrome and sleep-related breathing problems

• Hormonal changes during menstrual cycle -- insomnia may occur during menstruation. Sleep improves mid-cycle with ovulation.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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