A hard night’s night

Some common instigators of sleeplessness

Various conditions can get in the way of a good night’s sleep—whether they’re medical, psychological, environmental or combinations thereof. Here are some of the more common problems.

• Stress or anxiety

• Depression and other mood disorders

• Physical health: Either sleep-related disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy, or chronic medical conditions such as asthma or arthritis can be culprits long-term sleep problems.

• Medications: Including some antidepressants, cold or allergy medications and diet pills.

• Caffeine, nicotine or alcohol: Consuming alcohol at night may help you fall asleep, but it won’t help you sleep soundly.

• Sleep routine (or lack thereof): Going to bed and waking up at different times each day can make sleep more difficult.

• The environment in your bedroom: Noise, light, cold hot or a restless partner can keep you awake.