Unsound Sleep

What Causes Unsound Sleep?

Unsound sleep can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose unsound sleep, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "unsound sleep" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Copper Toxicity
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Stress
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Vitamin D Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
much lower back pain
inability to work under pressure
craving for salt
stiff neck
jumpiness
past heroin/morphine use
hot flashes during & after period
hyperthyroidism in family members
low energy/stamina
past methamphetamine use
severe eyelid twitch
occasional chest tightness
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of unsound sleep:
Cause Probability Status
Copper Toxicity 94% Confirm
Hyperthyroidism 21% Unlikely
Insomnia 14% Unlikely
Vitamin D Need 0% Ruled out
Anxiety 0% Ruled out
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 0% Ruled out
Lack Of Sleep 0% Ruled out
Stress 0% 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:
Do you fall asleep only to wake up after a few hours and have trouble falling back to sleep?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally
→ Often
→ Very often / always
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate unsound sleep, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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