4 Things that Keep you up at Night

By LoAndra Berg

Did you know most people speed 1/3 of their life sleeping? Sleep is essential to renew our mental and physical health. But there are some things that make it challenging, or near impossible, to fall asleep, let alone wake up feeling rested. 

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Here are four factors that might be contributing to your inability to get a good night’s sleep.

Hormonal Factors – Fluctuations, overproduction or underproduction of hormones can affect sleep and wakefulness during the day. Ensuring correct hormone levels will help determine the necessary treatment to improve sleep.

Age – Sleep patterns change as we age. Some of the changes experienced are a part of aging, but poor sleep quality at any age is not normal. The challenge comes in determining the source of the problem.

Sleep Apnea – Breathing abnormalities and low oxygen levels can affect quality of sleep. Three “yes” answers to the following questions suggest sleep apnea. Do you snore loudly? Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the daytime? Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep? Do you have, or are you being treated for high blood pressure? Are you severely overweight? Are you more than 50 years old? Do you have a neck circumstance greater the 15.75 inches? Are you male?

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder or Restless Leg Syndrome – Legs or arms that feel “antsy” or that need to move at night can make falling asleep difficult. Certain medications, medical conditions, low iron level, or heredity can be the cause. Calcium, magnesium and warm baths may help with mild symptoms. Medications are available for more severe cases.

If you have concern about your sleep, ask your provider about available treatments that might improve your sleep quality.