Are Sleep Disorders Genetic?

Are Sleep Disorders Genetic?

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Are Sleep Disorders Genetic?
Are Sleep Disorders Genetic?

Sleep disorders come in a wide variety of forms, with some being common, affecting a few percent of the population, and others being rare, affecting a small number of people. While some sleep disorders have social or societal causes, others are hereditary and are passed down genetically from parent to child.

Do sleep disorders run in families?

Insomnia can be genetic and therefore may be hereditary (passed down from generation to generation). Scientists have discovered that some people’s genes increase their stress-reactivity which increases the likelihood of poor sleep and the development of insomnia. Unfortunately, poor sleep can interrupt the normal function of genes, which can create a negative feedback loop of sleep-deprivation.

Furthermore, researchers have discovered specific genes that may trigger the development of sleeping problems. These genes can be passed down genetically, affecting multiple generations. Although these genes may be present, they do not always trigger sleeping disorders. Certain environmental factors may also play a role in the development of sleep disorders, therefore those in the same household (and therefore, the same environment) may experience similar symptoms, regardless of genetic similarity.

What are the main causes of sleep disorders?

There are many conditions, diseases, and disorders that can affect one’s quality of sleep. Sleep disorders may develop as the result of an underlying health problem, which would require a professional evaluation to diagnose.

Allergies and respiratory problems — Allergies, colds, and respiratory infections can obstruct airflow, making it challenging to breathe at night. If a person is unable to breathe through their nose, they may also experience sleeping difficulties.

Frequent urination — The frequent need to urinate at night is known as nocturia, which can cause disruptions to sleep by causing a person to wake up during the night. This can occur multiple times per night. Contributing factors to this condition include hormonal imbalances and diseases of the urinary tract. If frequent urination is accompanied by bleeding or pain, seek the attention of a medical professional right away.

Chronic pain — Constant pain can make it difficult to fall asleep and can even cause someone to wake up after they have fallen asleep. Common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
  • Persistent headaches
  • Continuous lower back pain
  • TMJ pain

In some cases, sleep disorders can even exacerbate chronic pain.

Stress and anxiety — Mental health has a significant impact on quality of sleep. When experiencing stress and anxiety, sleep quality is often negatively impacted. This can cause difficulties falling or staying asleep.

Are sleep disorders psychological or biological?

Sleep difficulties are linked to both biological and psychological problems. Sleep problems can both contribute to or exacerbate mental health conditions and can also be a symptom of other mental health conditions. They can also be passed down genetically, affecting offspring with similar symptoms. Therefore, sleep disorders can be either psychological or biological.

If you have questions about genetics and how they may be related to sleep disorders, come to Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders to find the answers you need. Our kind and compassionate professionals are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for every patient. Trust our sleep specialists with your questions and concerns. We have locations in Bloomington IL, Peoria IL, Dunlap IL, Lafayette IN, Mishawaka IN, Columbia MO, Kansas City MO, Brewster NY, El Paso TX, Albuquerque NM, and Wausau WI. We look forward to serving you!

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