Primary Sleep Disorder Causes

(Also Known As: Sleep Disorders Causes, Sleep Problem Causes, Hypersomnia Causes, Dyssomnia Causes, Insomnia Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Primary Sleep Disorder?

There are varied causes of primary sleep disorder usually depending on the type of primary sleep disorder experienced by the affected person.


  • Primary insomnia 4
    • Prolonged period of stress
    • anxiety
    • poor sleep hygiene
  • Primary Hypersomnia
    • Genetic predisposition
    • Brain damage
    • Clinical depression
    • Family history
    • Viral infection
  • Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder
    • overweight
    • anatomical airway obstruction
    • upper airway collapse 5
  • Narcolepsy
    • Genetics
    • Abnormal brain chemical functioning
    • Deficient production of hypocretin
  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder 6
    • psychosocial stressors such as environmental stress that cause discomfort
    • chronic sleep deprivation and habitual late sleeping hours
    • mismatch between the circadian rhythm cycle and the cycle required from a different time zone (jet lag type)
    • Rotating working shift


  • Nightmare Sleep Disorder
    • anxiety
    • death
    • illness/fever
    • drug induced
    • abrupt withdrawal of alcohol or drugs
    • other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, sleep terror disorder
    • sleep apnea and other breathing disorders
    • inherited tendencies towards nightmare
  • Sleepwalking Disorder
    • Stress
    • Death in the family
    • Major medical problem
  • Sleep Terror Disorder
    • Stress
    • Fever
    • Sleep deprivation

Could You Have Primary Sleep Disorder?

Primary Sleep Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Dyssomnia – excessive sleepiness, inadequate quantity of sleep, sleeping difficulty, insomnia
Hypersomnia – excessive daytime sleepiness, daytime napping, anxiety, irritability, depression, restlessness
Narcolepsy – chronic sleep disorder, dyssomnia, insomnia, disturbed sleep, cataplexy