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What can disrupt sleep patterns?

Normal sleep patterns can be disrupted by many factors, including:
  • Stress
  • Family demands or an overly busy schedule
  • Hormonal influences and changes in core body temperature (for example, during ovulation or menstruation or the hot flashes and night sweats characteristic of menopause)
  • Dieting, which can lower a woman's body temperature
  • Pregnancy, which can result in body aches, nausea, leg cramps, fetal movements and heartburn
  • Intrinsic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome
  • Depression, anxiety and worry
  • Sleepiness and fatigue

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