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It is normal to accuse stress or physical changes that accompany age for sleep issues. In any case, a number of particular issues, a large portion of them being fixable with life changes or specialist assistance create many instances of sleeplessness. Here are four little-known reasons for sleeplessness.

Reason #1: Pain

Your back is paining relentlessly as it has been for days. You can hardly leave the bed, yet you are not getting any sleep because of the agony in your body. According to specialists, this is a very common scenario. We could even conclude that sleep and pain are integral to each other.

Reason #2: Light

Modern life is all about innovating our way out of our inabilities. We are not meant to be awake after the sun has settled. If we have mastered anything, it is light. For the large part, this is good news; extra hours in the “day” mean we can socialize longer and get more work done.

Trouble is, evolution has programmed the human body to equate light with wakefulness.

Therefore, until we evolve beyond a light or until some dystopian future renders daylight hazardous to our health — we need to accept the relationship between light and sleep.

Reason #3: Medications

Prescriptions occasionally have symptoms that trigger restlessness or meddle with good sleep. Here are some medications that can cause this kind of effect:

  • Statins
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin
  • Corticosteroids
  • Alpha-Blockers
  • Cholinesterase inhibitors

These medications may have hard-to-pronounce names, but they give you a reason to check prescriptions more keenly next time and ask the physician about the side effects that you may experience.

Reason #4: Stress/Depression

Fatigue is one of the most prevalent symptoms of depression, yet many people do not realize how closely related depression and poor sleep can be. Depression wreaks havoc with the body’s biological rhythms; many people with depression have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and they oversleep or get fatigued and nap during the day. Yet their sleep is fitful and of poor quality, so despite spending more hours ostensibly sleeping or trying to sleep, they do not feel well rested.

It’s one of the more unfortunate issues in the life of humankind, but everybody occasionally faces the wrath of a sleepless night. For most of the night, you just toss around wondering when and whether the sleep will come. Knowing some of the causes of this problem can initiate the process of finding a long-lasting solution that will give you more time in dreamland.