Insomnia - Causes (Contd.)
A wide range of medical problems can disturb your sleep.
The following is a list of some common medical problems that can disturb sleep.
Medical Conditions Specific to Women
There are a number of women's medical conditions that can disturb sleep.
Certain disorders can cause repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep that can disrupt the sleep dozens or even hundreds of times a night. These pauses can be as short as 10 seconds and the sleeper may not be aware of it in the morning. These disruptions produce restless sleep.
Examples are sleep apnea, periodic leg movements, gastroesophageal reflux and waking brain activity that persists during sleep.
Disorders such as arthritis, angina, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, and headache may upset sleep and waking hours.
Adrenal function can have a significant effect on sleep patterns. In particular, high nighttime levels of cortisone are associated with many sleep disorders. Cortisone is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands in the morning, or during periods of wakefulness and activity.
Insomnia can result from any number of conditions that interrupt the sleeping process, including stomach problems or bladder ailments. Periodic leg movement syndrome is sometimes triggered by a rheumatic disorder or nervous system illness. Sleep apnea may be linked to obesity, particularly if the obese patient also has lung problems from chronic smoking or heart disease.
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