People always blame insomnia on tons of mundane factors like stress, diet, and caffeine. But you may be suffering from bigger health concerns. Check out these reasons for poor sleep, plus the ways that you can relieve these problems!
YOUR 20s and 30s
Check your thyroid. If you are a new mom, you might be tired because of postpartum thyroiditis, which 5 to 10 percent of women develop in the year following delivery. This usually starts with mild hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), which feels good temporarily, makes you lose weight, and gives you lots of energy but can rev you up and set off insomnia. After a couple of months, the condition may swing to hypothyroidism, in which a lack of thyroid hormone slows your body’s functions, leaving you feeling constantly tired.
Say goodbye to sadness. Depression can increase insomnia and many women can suffer mild to severe depression in their child-bearing years because of hormones. However, depression medications may have sleep-related side effects. What to do? Try cognitive behavioral therapy, a therapeutic approach which can be used specifically to target insomnia and bad sleep habits, plus talk therapy aimed at alleviating depression, adding or adjusting medication as appropriate.
Notice when you go at night. Urinating at night can be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) rather than just aging. This happens for two reasons 1) decreasing estrogen levels and 2) increased sexual activity. Yes, you read right. Women in their early-40s are generally extremely sexually active!
Deepen zzz’s with exercise. Deep, restorative sleep (called delta or slow-wave sleep) decreases in your late 40s, making nighttime awakenings more frequent. Working out more may help because your muscles and tissues are repaired during slow-wave sleep. Especially good is aerobic exercise.
Mind your meds. Prescription drugs you may be taking for high blood pressure and cholesterol could affect your pillow time. Diuretics (used to treat hypertension) can necessitate nighttime visits to the bathroom. If your doc says it’s OK, try taking your pills in the morning instead of the evening.
Saw less wood. Stop snoring! Chronic snoring is a major sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder in which breathing briefly stops periodically while you sleep, interrupting and worsening the quality of your snooze time. For women, this increases after menopause or if a woman is overweight is also a big risk factor.
Regardless of what your issue is, make sure you talk to your doctor first before you start any treatment.
[Source: Yahoo! Shine]