Habits That may Be Impairing Your Sleep

You may already know that trying to sleep in a room that isn’t dark enough will keep you from your Zzz’s, or that consuming coffee during the day and evening will make you toss and turn all night. But did you know that there could be more surprising reasons for your sleep disturbances? If you suffer from a sleep disorder, consult a specialist to determine the exact cause behind your poor quality of sleep.

Medications

When you meet with a sleep specialist, bring a list of all the medications, vitamins, and other supplements you’re taking. If you take B spectrum vitamins in the evening, you may wake up during the night with intense dreams. Supplements such as guarana are stimulants and can keep you up at night. If you’re on certain prescription drugs, such as those for high blood pressure, you might suffer from insomnia. And narcotic pain relievers may actually lead to sleep apnea. Avoid discontinuing any prescribed medications unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Medical Conditions

For some people, sleep disturbances arise from underlying medical conditions. For example, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) results in the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus when you’re lying down. The discomfort can keep you from catching your Zzz’s. Other conditions associated with acute or chronic pain—including fibromyalgia, arthritis, and menstruation—can also interfere with your sleep.

Pets

Many people let their pets share their bed. Unfortunately, pets may not make the best bed partners because they have different sleep cycles and are often active at night. The noise a pet can make moving around the bedroom can wake you up. Pets can also directly wake you up by deciding to play with the blankets or lick your face in the middle of the night.

Let the sleep specialists of Zeeba Sleep Center diagnose the underlying cause of your sleep problems. After conducting a state-of-the-art sleep study, we’ll develop a treatment plan for your particular type of sleep disorder. Residents of the Las Vegas area can call our sleep center at  (866) 233-2181 for more information.