If insomnia doesn’t cause health issues, but stress does…

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      If insomnia doesn’t cause health issues, but stress does… wouldn’t stressing out about insomnia lead to health issues then? I’m finding it hard to believe that insomnia doesn’t cause health problems but then you get stressed about insomnia and stress DOES cause health problems

      Martin Reed
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        That’s a great question! I wonder if it’s a bit like trying to figure out what came first — the chicken or the egg?

        In other words:
        Does insomnia cause stress and then cause health issues?
        Does stress cause insomnia and then cause health issues?
        Do health issues cause stress and then cause insomnia?
        Do health issues cause insomnia and then cause stress?

        Or even:
        Is it how we might respond to insomnia that creates stress? If so, is it our response that might cause health issues, or is it the stress, or is it the insomnia?

        Yikes, and then we might also need to consider how to define stress and what type of stress might influence our health.

        Now we are deep in the rabbit hole!

        What I can say is that when it comes to scientific evidence, there is none that exists that has found chronic insomnia causes any health condition whatsoever.

        Perhaps what matters more is how we respond to the presence of difficult stuff like insomnia and stress. If we battle with it and try to fight or avoid it, that might make things more difficult — especially if our experience suggests that there are things in life (such as stress and sleep) that cannot be directly or permanently controlled through effort.

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