Everyday Medical Conditions that could be Affecting your Sleep
You may be surprised to learn that certain medical conditions, as well as the medications used to treat them, could be having an impact on your sleep and contributing to your insomnia. In turn, sleeping poorly can worsen your medical conditions or make it more challenging to recover.
Below are some of the more common medical conditions which could be impacting your sleep – be aware this isn’t a complete list of every condition. If you suffer with one of these, or another condition we haven’t mentioned we advise you to consult with your doctor to discover if it could be causing your insomnia.
Individuals with asthma may be prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to improve symptoms. However, sometimes taking these medications which may contain stimulants, can disrupt healthy sleep patterns, causing insomnia or other sleep disturbances.
Mental Health / Depression
Mental health disorders are a double edged sword when it comes to sleep. Depression and anxiety, may make it difficult to fall asleep, but in reverse lack of sleep can worsen or increase your chances of suffering depression. Symptoms of insomnia are common in individuals affected by these disorders. Prescriptions used to treat these disorders, such as Fluoxetine/Prozac, can lead to side effects when it comes to your sleep. Be sure to speak to your doctor to find the right medication for you.
Cold & Flu Medicines
When you’re sick, you may take cough or flu medicine to relieve symptoms. However, these medications may cause drowsiness, or conversely contain stimulants and affect your sleep cycle. If you’re unsure whether or not you should keep taking a medication when sick talk to your doctor, and be sure to read that label.
Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development of Type II Diabetes, especially in relation to other lifestyle factors such as a poor diet. Obese patients may experience sleep disorders due to excess pressure on the airway. You should discuss poor sleep along with any other changes in your lifestyle with your doctor.
Insufficient sleep is also associated with the development of musculoskeletal disorders. It is characterised by pain in different areas of the body. Worsening musculoskeletal disorders can make it even more difficult to get a restful night of sleep.
Heartburn / GERD
Heartburn and GERD are characterised by acids in your stomach reaching into your throat and causing discomfort. This leads to an uncomfortable sensation and can wake you up at night. Untreated heartburn or GERD has been linked to several types of cancer, therefore, be sure to discuss any long-term GERD or heartburn with your doctor.
Chronic kidney disease is associated with sleep disorders. Frequently, these individuals also experience a reduced quality of life and higher mortality. If you suffer from chronic kidney disease, you should take note of any new or worsening symptoms regarding sleep and discuss them with your doctor.
If you have been prescribed medications by your doctor for any of the above conditions, it is important that you continue following the advice of doctor. If you have any concerns about your treatment discuss your options with your doctor.
How SL:PT can help
If you are experiencing challenges with getting a good night’s sleep, take our sleep assessment and contact us today! We are dedicated to helping people sleep better and offer a wide range of products that can improve your sleep patterns.