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Medical conditions that cause pain
A medical condition that causes neurological problems or a lot of pain can keep you awake at night. For example, sleep disorders are more common in people with Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy, or, for example, osteoarthritis.
Medications such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, water tablets, and corticosteroids can contribute to sleep problems. Over-the-counter products, such as cough medicines or caffeine painkillers, can also make you sleep poorly. Always read the package leaflet carefully before use or consult your doctor for advice.
Do you wake up regularly at night, have a headache in the morning, and don’t feel rested? Then it is important to check whether you have sleep apnea: then you stop breathing briefly while sleeping. Read more about sleep apnea here.
Restless Legs Syndrome
The Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), or ‘restless leg syndrome,’ means that you feel the unpleasant urge to move your legs when you are resting. These symptoms get worse in the evenings, which can cause you to have sleepless nights.
During the transition, you can sleep worse because your hormone balance is temporarily upset. Hot flashes and night sweats can also keep you awake.
Disrupted sleep rhythm
If your natural sleep-wake rhythm is disrupted, you may experience sleep problems. This is the case, for example, with jet lag. Your natural rhythm can also get upset if your working hours do not match your biological clock.
As your brain ages, the areas that regulate sleep slowly deteriorate, and less and less of the sleep hormone melatonin is produced. This can cause your sleep to become fragmented. The amount of REM sleep can also decrease, while it is essential to maintain your memory and cognitive abilities.
What does insomnia do to your body?
After a single short night, those triple espressos will drag you through. But long-term insomnia can have a significant impact on your body. If you consistently sleep less than your body needs, the following complaints can arise:
- Decreased reaction speed and an increased risk of road accidents
- Negative mood and irritability
- Impaired motor functions
- Disturbed metabolism
- Increased inflammatory levels in the blood
- A weakened immune system
- Impaired cognitive skills
- The decline in short-term memory and working memory
- Involuntary ‘microsleep’, during which you fall asleep between one and ten seconds
In the long run, sleep deprivation can also increase your risk of:
- Cognitive disorders
- Mood disorders such as depression
- Insulin resistance and diabetes
- Heart and vascular disease
- Accelerated skin aging
- Being overweight
So it is not wise to do nothing if you sleep badly. Consult your doctor if you think that you consistently sleep too little. He can investigate why you can no longer sleep and what you can do best.
Do you want to know what you can do against insomnia? We have a few tips for you:
- Do not drink coffee, black tea, or other caffeinated drinks before bed.
- Do not drink alcohol. This may make you fall asleep faster, but alcohol can make you sleep lighter, and after you wake up at night, it can be more difficult to fall asleep again.
- Watch what you eat before bed. Eating carbohydrates and sugars just before bed can make it difficult to get to sleep.
- Avoid displays. Displays provide blue light, which the body associates with daylight. This can make falling asleep more difficult.
- Provide the right temperature in your bedroom. A room that is too warm can cause restless sleep.
- Keep a steady rhythm: go to bed at a fixed time and get up at a fixed time, including weekends.
- Stop two hours before bedtime with activities that are mentally or physically demanding, such as studying, gaming, or exercising.
- Try to do relaxing activities that will calm you and your body down. Think, for example of meditating, walking, or listening to quiet music.
- Sleep separately from your partner. Maybe his or her presence plays a role in your sleep problems.