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Causes of Insomnia

Introduction: Insomnia

There are a wide variety of causes of insomnia. Causes can include medical conditions or diseases, including sleep disorders. Other cause include certain medications, substance use, and certain lifestyle factors.

Medical conditions or disease that can cause insomnia include hyperthyroidism and sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome. Many chronic diseases that cause waking in the night or pain or discomfort can make it difficult to sleep or to get good quality sleep. These include arthritis, COPD, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease, enlarged prostate, heart failure, kidney disease and many forms of advanced cancer. The fluctuating hormones of menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can also interfere with sleep.

Mental health conditions can be another cause of insomnia. These include depression and anxiety disorders. At the same time, insomnia can be a contributing factor in the development or worsening of anxiety, anxiety disorders and depression.

The effects of side effects of certain substances and medications can lead to insomnia. These include caffeine, thyroid hormone, smoking, the use of any form of tobacco, and diet and weight loss pills or herbal supplements. The use of certain street drugs, such as crack, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, and ecstasy, can also cause insomnia.

Certain lifestyle elements can cause insomnia. These include working night shifts or rotating shifts, excessive stress and worry. Other factor include excessive exercise close to bedtime, travelling by jet over multiple time zones (jet lag), and travelling to high altitudes.

Causes of Insomnia:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Insomnia. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

Common Causes: Insomnia

Some of the possible common medical causes of Insomnia may include:

Other Causes: Insomnia

Some of the less common causes of Insomnia may include:

Causes of Insomnia listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Insomnia as a symptom include:

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Conditions listing medical symptoms: Insomnia:

The following list of conditions have 'Insomnia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Insomnia:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Insomnia' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. This computer-generated list of complications may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.










More Information About Insomnia

List of 521 causes of Insomnia

This section shows a full list of all the diseases and conditions listed as a possible cause of Insomnia in our database from various sources.

Insomnia: Tools

Drug side effect causes of Insomnia

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins may possibly cause Insomnia as a side effect.

  • Various common substances can cause insomnia:
    • Caffeine - especially before bedtime, but even in the afternoon for some people.
    • Coffee - coffee contains caffeine
    • Tea - contains caffeine
    • Colas - many contain caffeine
[See detailed list of 286 drug side effect causes of Insomnia]

Drug interaction causes of Insomnia:

Drug interactions may be a possible cause of Insomnia.

  • Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) and Aerolate interaction
  • Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) and Bronkodyl interaction
  • Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) and Elixophyllin interaction
  • Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) and Slo-bid interaction
  • Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) and Theobid interaction
[See detailed list of 1667 drug interaction causes of Insomnia]

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