How To Keep Insomnia At Bay: Sleeping Mistakes That Can Cause Insomnia

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Health and Fitness On 18th January 2018

It is estimated that a third of people regularly suffer from difficulty sleeping, according to the NHS. From coffee to evening snacks, many foods and drinks can have an impact. Here are ways that can keep insomnia at bay.


Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.


Acute vs. Chronic Insomnia

Insomnia also varies in how long it lasts and how often it occurs. It can be short-term (acute insomnia) or can last a long time (chronic insomnia). It can also come and go, with periods of time when a person has no sleep problems. Acute insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. Insomnia is called chronic when a person has insomnia at least three nights a week for a month or longer.

What Causes Insomnia?

Recently, researchers have begun to think about insomnia as a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake (your brain has a sleep cycle and a wake cycle—when one is turned on the other is turned off—insomnia can be a problem with either part of this cycle: too much wake drive or too little sleep drive). It's important to first understand what could be causing your sleep difficulties.

Medical Causes of Insomnia

Nasal/sinus allergies

Gastrointestinal problems such as reflux

Endocrine problems such as hyperthyroidism



Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease

Chronic pain

Low back pain


Insomnia & Lifestyle

Many of the foods and drinks that pass your lips during the day have an impact on your sleep at night.

From your pick-me-up coffee to evening snacks and even the vitamins you take, these can be the culprits when you find yourself staring at the ceiling while the clock ticks away.

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