Reducing Your Risk of Insomnia
Insomnia can happen for many reasons. These include physical, psychological, environmental, and lifestyle issues. Addressing these issues early can help prevent long term insomnia.
Treat Underlying Disease
Long term disease and pain can cause insomnia. Conditions that may disrupt sleep include:
- Depression , mania, and anxiety
- Diabetes, kidney disease, long term lung disease, and heart disease
- Alcohol or drug use disorders
- Arthritis and long-term pain
- Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases
- Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) or gastric ulcer
- Sleep apnea
- Restless legs syndrome
Early treatment oftens lead to improved sleep.
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- Nicole Meregian, PA
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