Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sleeping Disorders

We have always heard that there are different sleeping disorders, and how serious they can be to both human and animals. Researcher's call it (somnipathy) or sleep disorder. But believe it or not some of the causes of sleep disorders are caused by Anxiety, Back pain, Chronic pain, Sciatica, Neck pain, Environmental noise, also Incontinence. Having a sleeping disorder is no laughing matter, no matter how we talk about or describe it. For us to talk about this disease or get to the deep root of the cause we have to go through the whole American Medical Dictionary. But we'll try to make it short. If you have the disease, you know how discomforting it can be, to go to sleep at 8:00 pm and wake up at 1:00 am and not be able to go back to sleep, or sleep for 8 hours as recommended and still feel like you haven't even been asleep or to bed. I know how you feel. But besides the aforementioned effect to sleeping disorders. There are even more causes, let's look at a few more: Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Obstructive sleep apnea, Restless leg syndrome, Periodic limb movement disorder,and Hypersomnia. Now I can't tell you what all these mean but will do my best. Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling a sleep and staying asleep. Narcolepsy is known as an attack of sudden daytime drowsiness and needing sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea may be one of the deadliest, it is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. The standard definition of any apneic event includes a minimum 10 second interval between breaths. I don't know how many times that my wife has told me countless nights she has lain there watching me sleep wondering if I was gonna take the next breath. Restless leg syndrome is a condition that is characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but can also affect the arms or torso. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief. Periodic limb movement disorder, Nocturnal myoclonus, also called Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD), is a sleep disorder where the patient moves limbs involuntarily during sleep and has symptoms or problems related to movement. As I have said I don't know everything about the sleep disorders there are, but I am giving just some of the symptoms there are to the disorder.
Some of the things happening during sleep when we do sleep are strange at times. Take for instance Rapid eye movement behavior disorder (RBD): Acting out violent or dramatic dreams while in REM sleep, what this didn't tell you, and may sound strange is, it also causes erotic dreams and arousal. Sleep walking to where you fall asleep in your bed and could at times be found miles away, possibly in a safe environment. Night terrors, a falling sensation with no end, this is just one of the parts of the disorder that I and my wife suffer from, and can be annoying very annoying. I have worked around and been around a lot of people who at one moment were wide awake and before you could say (boo) they were dead asleep, (dead asleep just an expression). This is a disease that I believe is also part of sleep apnea or narcolepsy.
I had an brother-in-law that had the disease he could sit down no matter were he was without falling asleep, his dad died in his sleep from what they said was congestive heart failure and beats me how they know or knew he went peacefully. It is possible my brother-in-law died the same way. I believe if I were to go or die, I would want to go in my sleep. Snoring is another type of sleep disorder especially if you have a spouse that exhales and inhales the roof off the house while you try and I mean try to sleep, I can feel for poor Wilma on the Flintstones, poor her. I try to keep my blogs serious as possible but try and put a bit of humor in it so it won't be so boring for the reader.
Just remember we are just one of thousands who suffer from the same disorder. These are serious medical disorders some that can lead to death if not treated. If you suffer from sleep apnea, take the time to be tested it can't hurt you. And if you suffer from restless leg syndrome I would definitely get tested for that, we know that it is caused by discomfort in the legs and constant moving to get comfortable, but it also could and this is my thought and my thought only it could be cause by clotting blood or blood clots forming in the legs. They say that sleep disorders can be treated, and they can. But finding the right medication will help. It will help you sleep better, get a full night sleep, help with your moods, and make you an all around better person.
So if you suffer from any on these, contact your physician and have him or her schedule you an appointment with a specialist.

Thank you again.

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