Sleep Disorders

What Causes Sleep Disorders?

In order to deal properly with sleep disorders we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow sleep disorders to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind sleep disorders consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to sleep disorders.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Depression
  • Magnesium Toxicity
  • Vasectomy Side-Effects

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
being a lethargic person
occasional unexplained nausea
loss of appetite
having had a vasectomy
attempting suicide
poor reaction to cool damp weather
being highly lethargic
specific muscle weakness
having trouble concentrating
regular episodes of diarrhea
frequent bizarre dreams
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of sleep disorders:
Cause Probability Status
Magnesium Toxicity 97% Confirm
Depression 21% Unlikely
Vasectomy Side-Effects 3% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate sleeping-related problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you been diagnosed with a sleep disorder such as Hypersomnolence or Narcolepsy?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Similar sleep disorder / doctors uncertain
→ Hypersomnolence
→ Narcolepsy
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of sleep disorder, having an uncertain sleep disorder, having hypersomnolence or having narcolepsy, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:

Depression and hypersomnolence are often seen together.

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