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What is secondary insomnia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Secondary insomnia, which is the most common type of insomnia, is a symptom or a side effect of something else, like illness, stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, or depression. A few causes of secondary insomnia are:
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, migraine or arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal problems, including heartburn
  • Sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Menopause
  • Side effects from medicine, including those that treat asthma, heart problems, and allergies
  • Caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco
  • A poor sleep environment

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