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Not Sleeping Well? There Could Be a Medical Cause

Eli Ben-yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-yehuda

On June 17, 2019

Many people feel that at nighttime they sleep great. But during the daytime, they suffer from excessive sleepiness because of a host of underlying medical conditions. That’s right. Not sleeping well may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition you may not even be aware of or if you are aware it may be a result of the treatment.

Some of the most common medical conditions such as heartburn, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculo-skeletal disorders, kidney disease, mental health problems, neurological disorders, respiratory problems, and thyroid disease may result in the inability to sleep. Also, a number of prescription and over-the-counter medications used to treat these and other health problems can impair sleep quality and quantity.

Let’s look at a few of the medical conditions that can cause a sleep disturbance issue:

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Heart Burn

So you went and had Italian food with all the garlic and sauces and cappuccinos for dinner. The food was amazing but in the back of your head, you know you will have to pay. The stomach acid is churning and lying down on your back at bedtime is going to make things worse. Because it allows the stomach acid to back up into the esophagus.  What you have to do is prop yourself up in bed on pillows. Doing this prevents the backup of acid. Also, you may want to take a stomach antacid to neutralize the condition. Also stay away from greasy, fatty foods before bedtime.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a medical condition that results in elevated blood glucose levels (sugar). It is a result of the cells in the body not responding to insulin a hormone created by the pancreas. If the cells do not respond they do not take up the glucose and glucose remain in the bloodstream. People with uncontrolled diabetes sleep poorly because of night sweats, frequent urination, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Nocturia

Frequent nighttime urination. Maybe this is more a gentleman’s problem, I have not heard too many of the ladies mention it. Maybe 1-2 times nightly isn’t so bad, but people with nocturia can have 6-7 episodes or more.

Nocturia may be a product of age, but other causes include certain medical conditions (heart failure, diabetes, urinary tract infection, an enlarged prostate, liver failure, multiple sclerosis, sleep apnea), medication (especially diuretics), and excessive fluid intake after dinner. The first step is to try to identify the cause and correct it. If this is unsuccessful, try behavioral approaches such as cutting down on how much you drink in the two hours before bedtime, especially caffeine and alcohol. If the nocturia persists, your doctor may prescribe one of a growing number of medications approved to treat an overactive bladder.

The list is quite extensive for the reason people are not sleeping well. Either medical reason, emotional reason or any other problem can rob you of the sleep you need.  Please see your family physician if you feel it is warranted.

 
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Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes educating people is the best way to improve their overall health.

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