When it comes to sleep deprivation there are a multitude of causes. Finding the cause of your problem will help you understand and hopefully eliminate, or at least lessen the impact it has on your sleep.
For some people finding the cause will be easy, while others may suffer from more than one. Eliminating the problem in some cases, may also take the help of a professional.
- Shift Workers, are unable to keep a regular sleep pattern, often leading to sleep deprivation. If you are unable to change your work pattern, then maybe you could look into ways to make your sleeping environment better.
- Time Zones. When going on holiday to a different time zone, we often have trouble sleeping. To adapt to the new sleeping routine it is best to start several days ahead. Try to gradually adjust your sleep to the destination time zone.
- Personal Choice. Some people hate going to bed, and stay up really late, thus compromising the amount of sleep they receive. An adjustment should be made slowly, try going to bed 10 or 15 minutes earlier every few nights, until you reach the desired amount of sleep you need.
- Environmental. You must determine if the reason you cannot sleep is due to environmental causes. Causes like, is it to hot or to cold in your room? How about to dark or to light? Another cause could be noise, and of course your choice of bed. Eliminating one or more of these may fix your problem.
- Children. Are you a parent of an infant? If so you will definitely be lacking sleep. Try sleeping at the same time as your baby. A few extra winks will do wonders.
- Liquid. Drinking to much liquid before bed can affect your sleep. Having to go to the bathroom several times a night does not make good sleeping sense. Try eliminating liquid 3 or 4 hours before bed.
- Habits. Some bad habits that can have an effect on sleep are, smoking, drinking coffee or consuming to much alcohol before bed. If you are unable to stop, you can try cutting down it will make a significant difference.
- Medical. Some medical problems that can interfere with a good nights sleep will need to be dealt with, with the aid of a professional. For instance depression, sleep apnea and hormonal imbalances can have a huge impact on your sleep. But with medical assistance these problems can be eliminated or minimized.
- Medication. While some medication can interfere with sleep, sometimes they can be adjusted or maybe another type is available. This should be discussed with your medical advisor.
- Heartburn. Heartburn is a very common problem, keeping thousands of people awake at night. First try eliminating spicy and fatty foods from your evening meal, if this does not bring some relief it may be time to see your Doctor.
- Pain. Pain is a very common cause of sleep disturbances. This could be due to injuries or medical issues. Finding the right pain medication for you, can have a dramatic effect on how much sleep you get.
- Restless Leg Syndrome. This problem can be very annoying and the cause is not always clear. While there is a variety of home remedies you can try, if these do not help your doctor can prescribe other treatments. It may take a while to find the best remedy for you, but the payoff is a good nights sleep.
- Stress. Stress is another big factor and a major cause of insomnia. Stress causes insomnia by making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Also it affects the quality of your sleep, finding and eliminating the cause of your stress, should eliminate the insomnia.