Everyone may wake up in the night, if had a bad dream or heard a noise. It’s also natural to wake up from time to time and not to remember this.
But regular sleepless tossing and turning may mean that something goes wrong in your body.
It’s completely possible that your sleep problems occur because of overeating or drinking caffeinated beverages close to bedtime. Sometimes people find it difficult to sleep well after stressful event or trauma.
Your working schedule may also play a role. Your internal clocks (also known as circadian rhythms) may appear disrupted, if you work at nighttime.
Specialists say that certain medications may be also responsible for sleep problems. And it’s not only about prescription antidepressants and asthma medicines, but also about over-the-counter painkillers, allergy drugs and even weight-loss supplements.
But sometimes your sleep problems may indicate health issues that require medical attention. Here are the reasons:
#1. Leg cramps
Painful spasms in the hips, calves and feet may wake you from sleep. Cramps usually last from several seconds to several minutes and then go away. It’s not the same with restless leg syndrome, in which people feel discomfort, crawling and urge to raise the legs without any painful sensations. In RLS symptoms can be relieved by movements, but often return when you stop to move. This doesn’t happen in leg cramps, caused by dehydration, neuromuscular problems, muscle overexertion and endocrine disorders, like diabetes and hypothyroidism.
#2. Night sweats
You’ve probably heard about this unpleasant predictor of menopause. In fact, hot flashes may be caused by numerous health conditions, from infection to cancer.
It’s not uncommon that night sweats happen as a result of hormonal imbalance, related to menopause, thyroid dysfunction, pregnancy or diabetes.
It was also found that those, who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, are three times more likely to sweat at night.
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#3. Need to urinate
It’s normal to wake up from feeling need to go, if drank several cups of tea in the evening. But increased urge to urinate may be also a symptom of urinary tract infection, pregnancy, diabetes and heart failure.
Cough is actually a defensive mechanism that helps us eliminate excessive mucus and irritants from the lungs.
But sometimes night cough may be not about respiratory system.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic condition, in which muscular sphincter between esophagus and stomach becomes weakened and allows stomach acid to flow back to the gullet. Irritation of the esophagus and throat lining may result in heartburn and cough, which worsen when you lie down.
#5. Back pain
Lower back pain is one of the most common problems all over the world. Although most people get relief in rest and sleep, some of us may wake up in the middle of the night from aching in the lower part of the back.
It may be a result of mechanical spine problem, such as disc degeneration or muscle sprain. But it’s completely possible that back pain is related to kidney stones, endometriosis or certain cancer.
#6. Difficulty breathing
People, who live with asthma, may experience attack at night. There is a combination of reasons for this trouble. Experts say that it’s about increased accumulation of mucus in reclining position, possible exposure to allergens in your sleep environment and hormone fluctuations that depend on circadian pattern.
The same problem may affect individuals, whose heart fails to work correctly. It appears difficult for weakened heart to pump blood effectively, when a person is lying flat.
#7. Sleep terrors
Maybe each of us woke up at night because of nightmare. But it’s a bit different with night terrors.
These episodes usually occur in the first part of the night. Fearful dream makes a person scream, sit up or walk, sweat, kick and thrash. Even though, people with sleep terror often remain asleep during the episode, it’s possible that they may partially or fully wake up.
This may be a result of stress, extreme exhaustion, interrupted sleep schedule and high fever. Children are much more likely to suffer from night terrors, than adults.
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