Lack of sleep may not just be affecting your alertness during the day. It also has an impact on your overall health.
Sleeplessness can increase a person’s risk of diabetes, obesity and some cancers.
"By far the most common is chronic anxiety and depression followed by shift workers, people who withdrawing from tranquilizers and narcotics," Dr. Ken Schwartz said about patients with sleep problems.
Taking stimulants, drinking alcohol or caffeine, smoking and exercising late at night can also keep you up. What helps is getting a sleep routine and making your bedroom inviting for sleep.
"Sleep hygiene is something we work on, creating a comfortable atmosphere from bedding to surroundings, minimize sound, minimize light," Schwartz said.
Treatment includes prescription sleep aids, but they can be addictive. If you don't want to take any medications, a natural sleep aid could help.
"Popular now-a-days is melatonin, which is a natural occurring substance and actually occurs in the body and can be taken in a pill form over the counter," Schwartz said.
Hormone imbalance like menopause can interrupt sleep for months to years. If you are going through menopause, talk to your doctor to help you transition through the process with fewer symptoms.