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Understanding Insomnia Medications (cont.)

Who Is at Risk of Insomnia?

Women: Women are much more likely to experience insomnia due to hormonal reasons than are men. Insomnia may occur due to the menstrual cycle (due to discomfort and pain) or menopause (due to night sweats and hot flashes which may disrupt sleep)

Elderly (Over 60 years of Age): Insomnia increases with age which may be attributed to greater psychosocial stressors, losses, and medical illnesses.

People with Mental Health Disorders: Many disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder disrupt sleep.

People Experiencing Stress: Different variations of stress may cause either transient or short term insomnia and lead to chronic insomnia such as death of a loved one, financial issues etc.

Long Distance Travelers: Travelling across multiple time zones and experience jet lag can cause insomnia.

Night Shift Employees: Working at night or frequently changing shifts increases one's risk of insomnia.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/8/2015

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