Insomnia is a persistent condition that makes it hard for you to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. There are many potential causes for insomnia, which can include medical conditions, psychiatric conditions, lifestyle habits, and eating habits.
There is a range of medical conditions that may contribute to insomnia, such as arthritis, chronic pain, endocrine problems, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, lower back pain, and/or neurological conditions. In addition to medical causes, a person’s ability to sleep may also be influenced by psychiatric conditions like depression and anxiety. Your lifestyle habits may also impact your susceptibility for insomnia. Scientists have identified several risk factors, such as taking afternoon naps, using electronic devices shortly before bed, having an erratic sleep schedule, and also being a shift worker.
Certain foods and beverages can also cause insomnia. These may include alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and eating heavy meals shortly before bed.