The world looks sunny after a great night’s rest. But it’s a different story when sleep is frequently interrupted. A lack of Zzz makes it harder to think and easier to become irritated and anxious. In the long term, inadequate sleep increases your risk for obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and even premature death. That makes it important to figure out what’s interrupting your sleep.
It could be your age:
As your age, sleep patterns tend to change, as there are increased incidences of medical problems. The circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle may dramatically shift as one gets older, causing them to sleep earlier and wake up earlier than usual.
It could be the lifestyle:
One of the common causes of disrupted sleep is a lifestyle, including any of the following habits:
- Drinking alcohol within four hours of bedtime: It may help one to fall asleep, but it tends to interrupt sleep later in the night and can also cause more trip to the bathroom.
- Eating within a few hours of bedtime: Lying down with full stomach promotes heartburn, which makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Napping too much: Long naps in the afternoon or later makes it harder to stay asleep at night.
- Consuming too much caffeine: Caffeine blocks a brain chemical called adenosine, that helps you sleep. Go light on caffeine-containing foods and drinks beyond the early afternoon.
It could be your medication:
Some medications can cause nighttime waking, like some antidepressants, beta blockers to treat high blood pressure, cold remedies containing alcohol, corticosteroids to treat inflammation or asthma.
It could be an underlying health condition:
Many chronic health problems can impact sleep like Anxiety or depression, Enlarged prostate glands, Chronic pain, Neuropathy, Sleep apnea, etc.
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