Sleep loss includes sleeping less than 6 hours, intermittently waking up a while before falling asleep again, and not able to sleep at least the recommended 7 to 8 hours. Regrettably, being unable to sleep 8 hours has many negative effects on your body. Therefore, it’s important to become familiar with the causes of sleep loss. Because knowing these, may help you take action to avoid them and get your recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
First of all, one of the causes of sleep loss is personal behavior or decisions that have direct effect on sleep. Incidentally, all of these decisions or choices are under your control.
Incidentally, your job is one of the other causes of sleep loss. Regrettably, the choices related to your work are not entirely under your control. Of course, if losing sleep becomes a serious health issue, you may want to think about getting a different job.
In addition, sleeping disorders are another causes of sleep loss. Moreover, these may nor may not be under your control. For example, if your partner’s snoring prevents you from falling asleep, your partner may be amenable to taking remedial steps that minimize the snoring.
Next, the sleeping environment may be responsible for one or more causes of sleep loss. Ultimately, the sleeping environment or the bedroom has an important effect on your ability to get sound sleep. In fact, there are things that can be done to make your bedroom sleep friendly.
Furthermore, sleep hygiene may be responsible for several causes of sleep loss. And, there are things you can do to eliminate some of these causes.
Also, your family may be responsible for one or more causes of sleep loss. On the other hand, you may not be able to do much about these causes. Incidentally, in some cases the sleep loss is due to stress.
Next, neurotransmitter imbalances may be causes of sleep loss. Moreover, you likely need to get medical advice to resolving these causes.
Also, medications are potential causes of sleep loss. And, the best way to resolve these is through your health care provider.
Lastly, some medical conditions are also causes of sleep loss. And the best way to resolve them, is again, through your health care provider.
Most of all, with sleep apnea, a person's airway becomes partially or completely obstructed during sleep, leading to pauses in breathing and a drop in oxygen levels. As a consequence, a person wakes up briefly but repeatedly throughout the night.
Above all, restless legs syndrome is a neurological condition in which a person has an uncomfortable sensation of needing to move his or her legs. Regrettably, this can disturb the person’s sleep many times during the night. In fact, anyone with restless legs syndrome typically experience worse symptoms in the transition from wake to sleep. As a result, falling asleep and staying asleep is difficult.
First and foremost, estrogen is a sleep-maintaining hormone. However, estrogen balance is upset during perimenopause and menopause. As a result, the ability to get a full night’s sleep is affected. Also, low testosterone levels make it difficult to achieve deep sleep. Moreover, both low and high levels of thyroid hormones result in a variety of sleep disturbances. Finally, an imbalance in cortisol can cause fatigue, lethargy, anxiety or inability to sleep.
In conclusion, while some of the causes of sleep loss are under your control, others require help from your health care provider.