Having trouble sleeping? Your health could be to blame. A recent study found that 80-percent of adults with insomnia have an underlying health issue. So here are the questions an MD might ask you:

  • Question #1: Do you feel okay? One of the most common causes of insomnia is acid reflux when acid gurgles up from your stomach and causes a burning sensation in your chest or throat. Also asthma often gets worse at night.  Nerve damage from diabetes can make legs numb and painful at night.  And heart disease can cause abnormal breathing patterns during sleep. So if you’re not feeling 100-percent, tell your doctor.

  • Another having-trouble-sleeping question: Are you on any new meds? Cough and cold medicines often contain ingredients that make you feel restless, which makes it hard to fall asleep. And steroids, which are often prescribed for asthma or sinus infection, can block the production of sleep hormones.

  • The final question a doctor might ask if you’re not sleeping: Are you depressed? Sixty percent of people with depression also suffer from sleep problems.  And some anti-depressants can also make it harder to sleep.