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What can cause acute sleep problems?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Common causes of acute sleep problems include:
  • Stress (job loss, the end of a relationship, moving, etc.)
  • Jet lag
  • Food allergies
  • Stimulant use, such as caffeine and nicotine
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Exposure to noise, light, or extreme temperatures that interfere with sleep
  • Napping for long periods or late in the day
  • Minor illnesses, such as a cold or the flu; acute pain, such as a toothache
  • Worries about work, school, finances, or family issues

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