By: SOL Recovery Center 19 Jul 2016

Insomnia is a beast that plagues more than 6 million Americans. The cause of insomnia can be anything from a medical condition, including mental disorders, to the use of prescription and illicit drugs.

Side Effects of Insomnia include:

  • Irritability
  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of motivation

Link between medical conditions and insomnia

Persons suffering from depression may find themselves simultaneously yielding to hypersomnia or insomnia. Health conditions such as arthritis and cancer may also pose a threat to one’s rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The catch is, medication used to treat these various disorders may induce insomnia as a side effect itself.

Link between drugs and insomnia

There may be some medications that increase the risk for insomnia. These may also be cold medications or any medication containing caffeine. Also included are stimulant drugs such as cocaine, and methamphetamine, alongside nicotine. Alcohol use too affects one’s sleep cycle by interfering with sleep once alcohol effects have worn off. The presence of insomnia as a result of some of these drugs may, in turn, lead to increased drug abuse.  

While Insomnia may be overlooked, it can be a very serious sleep disorder. Insomnia has been known to lead to risky behavior and drug abuse. In fact, a study conducted with teenagers revealed that for every 10 minutes of sleep missed, the risk of marijuana and alcohol abuse increases by six percent.

If you have any of the symptoms listed and have been having difficulty sleeping, speak to your doctor today.

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