There are five main causes of insomnia:
If you have any of these medical conditions, they are likely affecting your ability to getting a good night’s sleep:
The following prescription drugs can affect your ability to sleep:
If you don’t have any of these medical conditions and are not taking any of these prescription drugs, then there are three additional causes of insomnia that may be affecting you.
Insomnia is usually triggered by a stressful event, such as the death of a loved one, a job loss, or a breakup. It’s normal not to be able to sleep after a stressful event because our minds are racing, trying to figure out what we will do next, how we will deal with the devastation.
It’s common to be prescribed sleeping pills after a stressful event. However, some people continue to take them even after the initial shock has subsided. They become convinced that they cannot sleep without taking a sleeping pill. In addition, we develop various bad habits surrounding sleep after the stressful event, as well as negative thoughts. The eventually outcome is insomnia.
Behaviours Surrounding Sleep
Some behaviours that are not conducive to sleep that can lead to insomnia include
Beliefs About Sleep
Your thoughts and beliefs about sleep have a powerful effect on your ability to sleep. Negative thoughts about sleep that could be affecting your ability to sleep include:
If you believe these statements to be true, then they will be true for you.
If you don’t have any medical conditions and are not taking any prescription drugs that adversely affect your sleep, then reducing stress levels and changing your current negative behaviours and beliefs about sleep will have a profound effect on your ability to improve your sleep quality.