Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia is a complex sleep problem because it may be a sleep disorder in and of itself, or it may have an underlying cause that must be treated for sleep to be restored.

Situational Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia is often the result of environmental factors and/or current life situations. You may experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep during times of stress, such as:

  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Job change
  • Relocation
  • Financial stress

Poor sleep hygiene can also contribute to sleeplessness.

Medical Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia is often a symptom of other medical conditions, including another sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or Restless Legs Syndrome.

Insomnia may also be caused by drugs and/or drug abuse. Stimulants, including caffeine, many OTC antihistamines and/or allergy pills and prescription medications make falling asleep difficult. Some drugs, like alcohol, can disrupt blood sugar levels, causing sleep disturbances.

Mental Health Causes of Insomnia

Since sleep and mental and emotional wellness are both regulated by the brain, there is a complex interplay between mental and emotional health and sleep. As a result, insomnia is commonly caused by depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar disorder.

Insomnia Diagnosis and Treatment in Rio Rancho

Finding the right treatment to help you get to sleep and stay asleep depends on finding the cause for your insomnia. At Neurology & Sleep Medicine, we take the time to understand your experience so that we know if you may benefit from at-home remedies like stress management and improved sleep hygiene and/or short-term sleep aids or if your insomnia is an indicator of another medical or mental health issue.

Every patient at Neurology & Sleep Medicine meets with our board-certified sleep specialist, Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, and benefits from his expertise. Contact us to schedule your initial consultation today.

Let us help you find the cause and the right treatment for your insomnia. Call Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Rio Rancho, NM today.

Sleep: The Foundation of Your Health—We Can Strengthen It.


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