There are also several lifestyle-related causes that may be attributed to insomnia. For example, you have poor sleeping habits because of activities like online gaming, social media addiction, and more. If you tend to have more screen time when you are already in bed, you may be overstimulating your mind still, which prevents you from sleeping.
Late-night food binge
Couple the lifestyle-related causes with eating too much late in the night, and you will really find it hard to sleep or get a good night’s rest. Eating while you are lying down on your couch as you waste your weekend will not help you rest. The uncomfortable position, plus the heartburn caused by the backflow of acid and food from your stomach can keep you awake for hours even when you badly want to sleep.
Medical conditions and medication
It also will not help if you have existing medical conditions or are taking medications that can interfere with proper sleeping. These include heart disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and chronic pain. Antidepressants, pain meds, and medication for blood pressure or asthma can make it hard to sleep.
Complications of Insomnia
Sleep plays a big role in our health and well-being. We often take it for granted, as we do not really see the effects of having too much or too little sleep. However, having insomnia for extended periods can really affect the quality of life of a person.
When you are sleep-deprived, you have low energy, low motivation, are sluggish, and are prone to making errors. Common tasks and simple routines could become hard to do and follow. Thus, your performance at work, school, or home could be compromised.
Mental health disorders
Your mental health can be greatly affected by lack of sleep. Some psychological effects of sleep deprivation include triggering your anxiety disorders, PTSD, or depression. Waking up late at night and not being able to go back to sleep will leave you with a lot of time to overthink, be depressed, and be anxious over things you would normally ignore or not notice.
Sleep deprivation effects on the brain will not be apparent, but as you continue to suffer from insomnia, anxiety, and depression could get worse until it affects other aspects of your life.