Waking during the night anxiety or rapid heartbeat.
Lacking interest in social events or multiple relationships.
Having to get up 2-3 times per night to go to the bathroom or shake off anxiety.
Waking with a deep ache in your head, which turns into a headache ache during the day.
Low tolerance for stress of any kind, which may include sensitivities to noise, smells or light.
Pain, sometimes severe in your joints and muscles that unexplainably come and go.
Your thoughts and feelings don't match your decisions and actions anymore!
Feeling disconnected from the world, thinking crazily, or wanting to scream.
Not interested in sex, or not being able to really enjoy it from tiredness.
Being irritable and hostile in relationships and feeling like a failure.
Unable to develop or retain muscle mass through exercise.
Inability to relax legs or keep from moving them at rest.
Canceling 'life' because you don't have the energy.
Falling to sleep at inappropriate times.
Possible Causes of Sleep Disorders
Body Sleep Position or Poor Mattress
Central Nervous System Disorders
Unresponsive Sympathetic System
Irregular Sleeping Schedule
Consequences of Sleep Disorder
When you are tired, both, your judgment and your focus are impaired. You can become moody, reckless and accident prone.
Your hormones balance during the hours you are sleeping. When you get too little sleep production in growth hormone declines and your hormones become imbalanced.
When your immune system is taxed from not enough good sleep it provides less resistance to viruses.
Not sleeping well on a long term basis may lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.
Sleep deprivation can also lead to weight gain, as nutrients (carbohydrates, fats and protein) don't break down in your body the way they should.
While you are sleeping tiny tears in your muscles are repaired. Without sleep your body cannot repair itself fully. This leads to muscle wasting, chronic pain and depression.
The Dangers of Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders can cause an overall reduction of oxygen in the blood during sleep. This can be a serious problem leading to high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, heart attack, strokes and accidents due to tiredness. This is not just a deficiency of oxygen in the lungs, even though this is true enough while you are not breathing, but an oxygen deficiency in the cells of your body. If you have a breathing related sleep disorder, please see your doctor for a simple oxygen test. A clothespin-like device will be clipped to your pointer finger for a few seconds and your oxygen levels will be recorded. This is good advice for anyone who finds themselves yawning all day long. Yawning is the body's way of increasing oxygen.
Note: It is possible to suffer from more than one sleep disorder.
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea: There Are Three Types
1. The first, and most typical type of Sleep Apnea, is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) caused by a blocked airway and can be treated with weight loss or a gadget that helps you to receive enough oxygen. In the case of sleep disordered breathing, Sleep Apnea is but one, which is usually characterized by snoring caused by an obstruction in the upper airway. This obstruction is usually a collapsed airway caused by sleep position or a 'heavy' neck which causes snoring. The nerves and muscles that keep the airway open during the day may not be as active at night. A weight loss of only 10% of the individual's body weight can sometimes eliminate the apnea all together. At present time it is thought that this type of Sleep Apnea is not caused by emotions or feelings since it can be treated with devices.
2. The second type of Sleep Apnea is Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), whereby the mechanism (a group of neurons in the brain) that regulates breathing has temporarily failed and the lungs receive a delayed signal from the brain to breathe. Continuous oxygen deprivation can harm the whole body, especially the heart. Sleep Apnea may also be caused by a fear response and contracting muscles during sleep, similarly to tensing muscles when frightened. When problems are not worked out in waking life, they can surface in your sleep. Pain, during sleep, may also cause this fear response. The glitch causing CSA may not actually be in the brain, but anywhere in the Central Nervous System (brain and spine). Those with Central Sleep Apnea may also have problems with Tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
3. The third type of Sleep Apnea is actually a combination of the first two.
Myoclonic jerks, which happen while trying to fall asleep, can be a real nuisance and kind of scary. They are caused by tight muscles that are trying to relax as you are falling to sleep, sleeping in uncomfortably positions, and from being over-tired. These muscle jerks can range from slight twitches and jerks (hypnic jerks) to jumping clean off the mattress (a massive hypnagogic jerk). Often times, in response to stress, we hold our shoulders tight, clench our jaws and contract our stomachs, sometimes all day long. Then, when muscles start to relax as we fall asleep, the brain thinks we are falling and alerts us. Sleep jerks are the result.
Loud 'bangs' or 'flashes of white light' in your head, as you are drifting off to sleep, are actually electrical shocks caused from being over-tired. They can occur alone or in combination with muscle jerks. This can be a sign of neurological problems, but is most often a sign of Magnesium or Calcium deficiency, or stress related tension. These excessive bursts of brain activity may be controlled through stress management techniques and nutritional therapies. Take, both, Calcium Citrate and Magnesium together. They work to calm the muscles, which built up Lactic Acid under conditions of stress, too much sugar, and too little exercise.
Hypopnea is a reduction in airflow, which can be caused by an upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and although not considered an actual sleep apnea, still creates symptoms much as sleep apnea does. This apnea is usually only present when the person sleeps on their back.
Insomnia is not only the inability to get to sleep, but to stay asleep, or to return to sleep if awakened too early. There may be frequent waking during the night. It is related to UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome) and is more common in women. Insomnia is common during episodes of hormonal fluctuation. Some women report waking up after having been asleep for a particular amount of time after they have fallen asleep, such as an hour afterwards or three hours afterwards. They say it is like clockwork. Cycling hormones may be responsible.
Cheyene-Stokes Respiration is a condition marked by alterations between deep breathing and cessation of breathing due to the failure of the breathing control system in the brain. Brain sensors that register and measure the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood may be ineffective or injured in some way. This may be related to Central Sleep Apnea.
Nocturia is the need for sudden or frequent urination at night. It may be a symptom of Sleep Apnea, as a hormone is released during oxygen deprivation that causes this. The feeling of having to 'go' is so great that it can cause panic attacks. It may even take awhile to get back to sleep after one of these episodes. For those with incontinence, it can spell disaster! Changing pajamas and sheets in the middle of the night doesn't exactly promote sleep.
Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) is a mood disorder, which is often confused with or overlaps Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It typically bothers people during the winter months when there is not much exposure to sunlight, especially here in the Northwest. People who are tired, sad, depressed, especially during the cooler months of the year.
The symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome can drive one nuts in a hurry. There is the compelling urge to move the legs in order to get a tingling, crawling, nagging, pins and needles, prickling or pulling feeling to go away that makes it near impossible to sleep.
When Being Highly Sensitive Hurts the Highly Sensitive Person
Natural remedies and alternative therapies are included in this e-book for the following symptoms and syndromes: