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Health Conditions that may be Interrupting your Sleep

If you are suffering from sleep problems that may be a result of another medical or physical condition, treating the condition can solve the trouble. Here is a list of some health conditions that can disturb your sleep. Identify the culprit and elimi

Mental Health By Vasudha Bhat / Sep 20, 2014

What's Killing your Sleep

Do you have problems with falling asleep? Or do you wake up multiple times at night? A hidden or known health condition must be blamed for insomnia. A research has shown that problems with sleep like insomnia can be a result of certain medical conditions. Medical Director of Sleep Disorders Center of Georgia in Augusta, James Wellman, MD, says, “We’re finding that both the quantity and quality of sleep a person gets can be linked to a number of health issues and diseases”.

So, here are some common health conditions that can be your sleep killers.

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Sleep problems and depression can go hand-in-hand. Researches have been done that show that 90 per cent of people suffering from depression have sleeping problems. When you wake up too early in the morning it can be a sign of severe depression. In addition to this if you experience difficulty in falling asleep or if you sleep excessively it may be a sign of depression.

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When a woman approaches her menopause she might start suffering from insomnia. The National Sleep Foundation says that 61 per cent of menopausal women suffer from sleep problems. One of the possible causes of this can be that the progesterone levels may drop during menopause.

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People who suffer from diabetes have their blood sugar levels fluctuating. Besides, diabetics experience night sweats and have an urge to urinate frequently at night. Insomnia can also put you at a risk of developing diabetes. A recent study showed that people who slept for less than six hours were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who slept more.

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Musculoskeletal Disorders

The pain caused by arthritis can stop you from having sound sleep. Also, some patients who suffer from arthritis need to shift their positions at night. These people find it very hard to fall asleep again. In these circumstances you can use a pain reliever before hitting the bed.

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Cardiovascular Disease

Two of the most common cardiovascular diseases, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure have been seen to be associated with sleep problems. When a person suffers from coronary heart disease, there are fluctuations in circadian rhythms that can cause chest pain, irregular heart beat or even a heart attack while sleeping. In congestive heart failure, the heart does not pump sufficient blood to all parts of the body leading to accumulation of extra fluid around the lungs when you lie down. This can interrupt your sleep drastically.

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Asthma patients often have sleep problems as breathing difficulty, wheezing and coughing can interrupt the sleep. The symptoms of asthma usually worsen at night as constrict in the airway occurs during this time.

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Kidney Disease

When your kidney is no more efficient enough to filter waste from the blood, you are likely to experience insomnia or restless legs syndrome. A dialysis or a kidney transplant may also not be of any help when it comes to combating insomnia.

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Thyroid Disease

When a person has an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) he/she has night sweats which can disturb sleep. When the person has an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) he/she has excessive daytime sleepiness.

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