Insomnia is more common in women as compared to men according to studies. There are many possible causes of insomnia. The common causes of insomnia are listed below.
Stress: Any stressful event such as loss of job, financial problem, health issue, divorce, death or illness of a loved one, can lead to insomnia and the problem may persist even after the stress has been resolved.
Psychiatric problem: Insomnia can be caused due to many underlying mental health problem such as mood disorders (such as depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder), and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
Physical condition: Any major or painful physical problem can cause insomnia. Insomnia can be caused by physical problems such as:
Drug and substance abuse: Excessive alcohol intake, use of recreational drugs, excessive caffeine intake, and nicotine can cause insomnia.
Medication: Medications (prescribed or over-the-counter medicines) can cause insomnia. Some of the prescription medications that can interfere with sleep include antidepressants, epilepsy medicine, some medicines for asthma, such as salbutamol, salmeterol and theophylline, blood pressure reducing medications, allergy medications, stimulants, and corticosteroids. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, which may cause insomnia include pain medication combinations, decongestants and weight-loss products, as these may contain caffeine and other stimulants. Discuss with your doctor about all your medications (prescription and non-prescription).
Causes of insomnia in women: Most causes of insomnia in men and women are same but some common causes of insomnia in women include:
Consequences of Insomnia: Note that there are many adverse effects insomnia in woman more serious than what most people may imagine. It can affect your health, work performance, ability to concentrate, and overall well-being. If you have insomnia do not ignore your symptoms consult a health professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
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