Sleep problems can have many causes and in order to determine if and what Lunesta dose you should take, it is important to establish the source of the sleeplessness. Sleep problems are often triggered by another sickness or from the medications taken to address that illness. Some of the typical health problems that can lead to sleep issues are cardiovascular problems, neurological problems, endocrine disorders, respiratory problems, mental disorders, kidney disease, gastro esophageal reflux disease, and arthritis.
The 2 most typical cardiovascular problems that have an effect on sleep and may be responsible for a sleep disorder are coronary heart failure and coronary artery disease. Coronary heart failure means that the heart is no longer pumping sufficient amounts of blood through the body. Blood is held up in the heart veins that deliver blood to the kidneys and edema and this could eventually damage the lungs and other organs. Individuals suffering from this problem have a higher risk of developing a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. In the case of coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis) fat deposits are built up in the arteries that provide the heart with blood. This can also be a cause for obstructive sleep apnea.
Examples of neurological disorders causing sleep problems are Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, and epilepsy.
Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system causing problems with body movements such as tremors, slow body movements, unstable posture, muscle stiffness, and issues with walking. The sleep disorders resulting from this illness include sleep onset insomnia and REM sleep behavior disorder.
Alzheimer’s is an impairment of the brain functions and is the most frequent cause for dementia; the resulting sleep disorder is called sleep fragmentation.
Epilepsy causes sudden and recurrent, temporary changes in the brain’s regular electrical activity. Insomnia is two times more likely in epileptic patients than in non-epileptic patients. Obstructive sleep apnea can result after suffering a stroke.
Diabetes and thyroid disease are endocrine problems that can also cause sleep disorders. With diabetes the processing and use of carbohydrates, fat and proteins is impaired. Restless leg syndrome is a sleep disorder that can develop as a result of uncontrolled diabetes. Thyroid hormones are responsible for regulating the body’s energy levels. In the case of hyperthyroidism it will be harder to fall asleep and sweat breakouts during the night will wake you up.
Individuals who have a respiratory illness, for example asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, can in addition develop a sleeping problem such as insomnia and sleep fragmentation. With asthma breathing becomes difficult because of a chronic lung problem. COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease describes a group of problems damaging the lungs and hence making breathing difficult.
Mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety can also be the cause for a sleep problem, which typically will be insomnia or sleep fragmentation.
When you have kidney problems their function of filtering the blood from waste substances and controlling the salt and water balance is impaired. This again could lead to insomnia and restless leg syndrome.
GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease causes the stomach acids to flow back into the esophagus and this too can cause sleep fragmentation.
Individuals with arthritis will often have difficulty falling asleep as a result of the pain caused by the arthritis. This typically leads to insomnia.
If the sleep disorder is caused by another illness, it is a so called secondary sleep disorder. The best treatment for the sleeplessness is the successful resolution of the underlying health problem.