Did you know that sleep is one of the foundations of health and wellness? Sleep has a strong impact on your health, ability to fight disease, heal, and grow.
Similarly, your health can also influence the quality of your sleep. As such, it’s important to be aware that medical conditions that you have or suspect you have may be affecting your sleep each night.
Health conditions that affect our sleep
The following is a quick list of illnesses and conditions that can interfere with sleep. Use this when first assessing your sleep quality and as a reference guide as you continue your journey of personal sleep exploration.
- Sleep Disorders
- Insomnia, a condition in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep.
- Restless Legs Syndrome, a disorder that causes a strong urge to move your legs.
- Sleep Apnea, a common disorder in which you have repeated pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
- Other sleep disorders, including narcolepsy and sleepwalking.
- Women’s health issues including pregnancy, menopause, and the menstrual cycle.
- Men’s health issues like prostate health.
- Neurological health issues like head injury, migraine, seizures, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s disease.
- Cardiovascular health issues including stroke, congestive heart failure, and heart attack.
- Pain or discomfort issues including chronic pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
- Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
- Chronic health issues including asthma, obesity, cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, and acid reflux.
- Temporary health issues such as congestion, the common cold, or kidney stones.
- Medications, including prescription and OTC drugs.
Protecting your sleep
The silver lining is that as you explore how your own habits, behaviors, and health issues affect your sleep, you can start to pinpoint what conditions may be interfering with your rest. From there, you can now take the necessary steps to getting a better night’s sleep, every night.