Sleep and physical health

HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING?

Having a good night sleep is important and helps your overall health and well-being.When you can’t sleep well, sometimes the cause is a medical problem. Other times,sleep disorders can lead to health problems.

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LEARN ABOUT WHAT AFFECTS YOUR SLEEP

IS A HEALTH PROBLEM CAUSING MY PROBLEMS SLEEPING?

There are many medical conditions that can lead to or worsen sleep issues.

HYPERACTIVE BLADDER OR ENGLARGED PROSTATE: Women and men with hyperactive bladders or men with enlarged prostates often have to get up during the night to urinate. These frequent awakenings interrupt sleep.

HEARTBURN: Heartburn is caused by acid reflux and can cause you to wake up during the night. If you have burning pains in your lower chest or dry coughing fits, you may have heartburn.

PAIN: If you experience chronic pain from a medical condition, like arthritis, cancer, or headaches, then you can have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night.

ASTHMA: Asthma causes your airways to become inflamed and often gets worse at night. If you have asthma, you may be waking up and not realizing it.

FYBROMYALGIA: People with fibromyalgia experience chronic pain. They often have trouble sleeping and may fell tired even after a full night’s sleep.

HEART FAILURE: If you have congestive heart failure, you have a much greater risk of having a sleep disorder. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is common in people with congestive heart failure.

You may have CSA if you:

  •  Stop breathing during sleep
  •  Wake up out of breath
  •  Have a headache in the morning

There are a variety of treatments for CSA. Your sleep physician can determine if you have CSA and which treatment is right for you.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE: People with Parkinson’s disease often have problems sleeping. You may have trouble falling and staying asleep or have involuntary movements at night. People with Parkinson’s disease are more likely to have REM Behavior Disorder, or RBD. RBD occurs when people act out their dreams while theyare sleeping. People with RBD may injure themselves or their bed partners.

CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE: People with chronic kidney disease experience sleep problems at a high rate. Chronic kidney disease can cause pain or anxiety that can result in difficulty falling or staying sleep. You may have an iron deficiency that can lead to the sleep disorder Restless Legs Syndrome.