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Sleep Deprivation ,Insomnia Symptoms and Causes

Updated on April 22, 2011

Sleep Deprivation Causes and Symptoms

There are four areas of sleep deprivation. Clinical disorders, health complications,lifestyle and medication side effects. Finding out the cause of your disorder is important as it will determine how it should be treated. If you're experiencing restless sleep patterns and don't know if you should seek medical advise, here are some tall tale signs that their could be some issues and you should seek medical attention.

1. Being tired effects your daily activity

2. Insomnia effects you on a continual basis

3. You experience shortness of breath, chest pains or other unusual conditions.

4. You snore, choke or appear to stop breathing during the course of the night which may be symptoms of "sleep apnea".

Hypertensive drugs along with lifestyles can effect the bodies natural rhythm of sleep patterns. Medical conditions can either be mental or physical, for example bronchitis can make sleeping more difficult, post traumatic stress disorder and depression can lead to insomnia.

Are you having trouble sleeping? On any types of medication? Normal lifestyle without any change? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, begin to change your diet and start an exercise program. If it does not work seek medical attention because there could be an underlying medical condition that effects your sleep.

Insomnia Causes and Symptoms

There are so many things that cause insomnia including; but not limited to health problems,age,stress and hypertensive medications.Time change can also interfer with sleep patterns. Having occasional insomnia will not warrant a trip to the doctor,but if the pattern is continual then seek a physician's advice. 

Here are some of the following that may indicate insomnia and your little inner rhythm pattern may need to make a change.

1. feeling tired after sleep

2.waking up through the night

3. waking up earlier then normal

4. difficulty falling asleep

 These same symptoms can lead to depression,irritability,fatigue,muscle aches, impaired  alertness and diminished performance.

Quality of sleep is just as important as quantity of sleep and mild changes in your daily lifestyle can reduce insomnia, enabling the sleep patterns to become consistent. 

If diet, exercise and going to bed a little earlier does not work, seek medical advice and treatment. Prolonging the symptoms can cause other health issues.

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      Annamie Cureteyz 5 years ago

      Good job with your post here. I actually can't help but agree with the reasons why one may experience sleep deprivation.

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      bohemiotx: It surely can and its the worse thing to endure.

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      bohemiotx 6 years ago

      Insomnia can hurt someone with respiratory problems already, as we learned at a Better Breathers luncheon in Tyler, Texas at Trinity Mother Frances.

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Jackwms: I am sorry to hear what you have gone through. Besides the medications try to Valerian Root which is a natural pill that can help you rest. Xstatic on Hp has a great concoction he mixes to help him rest. I hope you begin to get plenty of rest soon. Thank you for commenting and the compliment. :)

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      Jackwms 6 years ago

      You are so right about insomnia. I had spinal surgery 5 months ago, with a triple fusion of lower vertebrae. Since then, I usually sleep in 2 hour segments, being wide awake for long periods. There are some nights when I only sleep 2-3 hours total, and others when I sleep 6-7 hours. When this happens, I move around in a daze.

      Thanks for your post.

      Regarding your photo,you have strikingly beautiful eyes.

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Marcy: Insomnia is horrible I have been suffering from it ever since my mom passed away. It is something that is hard to deal with sometimes, so I can understand what you are going through.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've had lifelong issues with insomnia - thanks for posting this! Voted up and useful.

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Mala, Glad you enjoyed Sleep deprivation, insomnia and causes. Many of us suffer insomnia and need to find a way to get more rest.

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      Mala Srivastava 6 years ago from India

      useful hub. keep it up.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Mystique1957: I have insomnia ever now and then myself I am glad that you enjoyed this hub. :)

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      Mystique1957 8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Dear friend!

      I found this hub interesting and helpful as I have been suffering from insomnia lately. I will consider your suggestions they seem quite sound to me! Excellent hub!

      Thumbs up!

      Warmest regards and blessings,


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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Dolores Monet: I believe that to and I have had it quite often lately. :)

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      AEvans, insomnia can be terrible. It can drive you crazy. Sometimes I think that when you get into that stage where you start worrying that you can't get to sleep just feeds into the insomnia.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Andy Johnston: I agree with you as well! :)

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      Andy Johnston 8 years ago

      I think also realizing that some people do not need quite as much sleep as the recommended 8 hours could result in less stress about the issue.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      20gsxr05: I am a ER nurse thanks for the compliment.:)

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      20gsxr05 8 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      This is a great hub can't expect anything less from a great writer keep up the good work

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      mommaof6: It should not affect his growth seek doctor's advise and see what they can do to get him on track. His little mind may be to busy at night or it could be the food colorings etc that would cause these issues. Let me know how it goes. :)

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      mommaof6 8 years ago

      I have an 11 yr old boy who is starting to deal with insomnia. Could this affect his growth?

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      townart: That is definitely true, lololo :)

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      townart 8 years ago

      Well, not all time spent in the sack not sleeping is time wasted..I've read that an hour of good sex is worth two hours of sleep. I'll take there word for it - it's certainly better than counting sheep!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Mukund: I am fine thank you for asking. :)

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      Mukund Ghulghule 8 years ago from India

      hi how are u ?

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Believe me when I say HubPages and anywhere else that you write becomes a wonderful addiction, I know I love writing and I am certainly addicted. :)

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      girly_girl09 9 years ago from United States

      It can be definitely be difficult at times, but recently it has come in handy when it comes to work and getting papers done for class. Probably the only benefit of insomnia is increased work productivity! haha

      Now that I've found hubpages, I have something productive to do if I can't sleep! :)

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      girly_girl09: One of my closest friends has the same problem and sometimes I can honestly say I can also feel her pain, I am glad that you read about it and hoope that it helped. :)

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      girly_girl09 9 years ago from United States

      Great information on insomnia. As an insomniac, I read everything that I can get my hands on about the issue!

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Sandman: Even though your wife is not well, we all need some needed R&R as we have to stay healthy for our family or it isn't going to help them at all. :)

      GT: I know how that goes ...lollololololo :)

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      goldentoad 9 years ago from Free and running....

      I'm a sleep deprived. Kids, dogs, stress, intelligence. I think I'm used to it.

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      TheSandman 9 years ago

      AE I voted No on the question, because while I am sleep deprived and I also know that sleep deprivation is one of the highest forms of torture, and I know that affects all of my life I am in a position of being the only care give to my wife who has cancer, so I have no choice, but, those who do suffer from insomnia are in some ways in more need than I am I think, because my own lack of sleep in many ways is my loving choice, the others have not made the choice but suffer as much just the same. I feel there is almost nothing worse in an over all day to day situation than lack of sleep.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      You my friend need to slow down and relaxxxxx, I have been there done that, and eventually it will catch up.:)

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      GeneriqueMedia 9 years ago from Earth

      I've been an insomniac from a young age, too. I stopped taking naps at four!! Though now I'm happy to take one if I have to. If I didn't have to eat or sleep, I could be doing more stuff...

      Actually, I get visits from the old hag a lot. When it happens, which is usually at least twice a month, I wake up several times in short bursts but unable to move. My brain may be wide awake, but my body is still shut down.

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      Single Mama 9 years ago

      I am such an insomniac. I'm up all night and sleep the majority of the morning.

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      umuna 9 years ago

      Great hub Evans, please keep it up!

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I bet they would too!!! Thanks for stopping by.:)

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      BDazzler 9 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I bet if we eliminated the IRS people would sleep better!


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