Too tired for sex? Join the club. Up to 50% of U.S. adults skip or avoid sex because they're too tired, recent polls show.
It’s no wonder. The workday can extend long into the night, many couples have children and pets to tend to, and everyone has diversions that tempt their attention away from their partners -- and from sleep.
"We’re a 24/7 society. We're burning the candle at both ends -- most of us -- so we are tired," says William Kohler, MD, director of Florida Sleep Medicine outside of...
For some people, insomnia only lasts a few nights and then their sleep gets back on track. This might happen when you have jet lag.
Others have "short-term" insomnia, which lasts less than a month. For instance, an accountant who works extra hours and feels stressed during tax season might have rocky sleep until the April 15 deadline passes.
Chronic insomnia lasts longer than a month. That's the most likely kind to be linked to a health problem, but it could also be due to your sleep habits.
Some of the most common causes of insomnia are simple. Do you:
Keep odd hours?
Nap during the day?
Drink too much coffee or alcohol?
Stay up late because you're working, doing chores, or watching something online?
Worry about something that's going on in your life?
Medications. Over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications -- including some blood pressure medicines, heart drugs, and thyroid hormones -- can interfere with sleep. So can the misuse of sleeping pills.
Jet lag and changing shift-work schedules. These throw off your "body clock." Most people adjust to their new schedule eventually.