What Causes Insomnia? Part 1

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Can’t sleep? You’re not alone. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. Over 10% of the population suffers from chronic insomnia and nearly 50% of the population experiences intermittent insomnia.

Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night and being unable to fall back to sleep, or waking up too early in the morning.

There are physical/biological, environmental and psychological factors that can contribute to the development and maintenance of insomnia or can cause one to experience short-term insomnia symptoms (e.g., maybe you can’t fall asleep because you’re worried about a big test the following day).

This is the first part of a three-part series that explores factors that can contribute to the development of insomnia.

While there is much we don’t know about the biological contributors to insomnia, we believe genetics plays a role. You are more likely to develop insomnia if you have a strong family history of insomnia or insomnia symptoms. If you have a genetic predisposition for insomnia, a life stressor (e.g., a stressful job or tension in a relationship) may cause you to develop insomnia. In many instances, the insomnia may persist even after the life-stress has been resolved.

Depression can also contribute to the development of insomnia. Insomnia is one of the most common physiological symptoms of depression. Folks suffering from depression induced insomnia often wake too early in the morning and are unable to get back to sleep. To make matters worse, folks coping with depression often have persistent and negative thoughts during these early morning awakenings.

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