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What can cause chronic sleep problems?

Common causes of chronic sleep problems include:
  • Medical conditions, such as chronic pain, arthritis, asthma, heartburn, obesity, head injury, neurological disease, or cancer
  • Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety
  • Mental arousal, such as having a racing mind or being overly concerned about not sleeping
  • Schedule changes, such as working the nightshift
  • Other sleep problems (e.g., sleep apnea can lead to insomnia)
  • Genetics (some sleep disorders may run in families)

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