Quality Of Sleep

What Causes Disturbed Sleep?

Disturbed sleep can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  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 disturbed 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 "disturbed sleep" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • PMS D
  • Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Low Serotonin

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:
being easily irritated
itchy skin
frequent bowel movement changes
constant thirst
being indecisive
sudden shortness of breath
daily morning stiffness
afternoon headaches
frequent unexplained nausea
frequent drowsiness
brittle fingernails
frequent rashes
... and more than 100 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of disturbed sleep:
Cause Probability Status
Lack Of Sleep 96% Confirm
PMS D 23% Unlikely
Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences 20% Unlikely
Low Serotonin 4% Ruled out
Insomnia 2% Ruled out
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 2% Ruled out
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 2% Ruled out
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 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.

In the Sleep-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about quality of sleep:
How is your quality of sleep generally, when you are able to sleep without interruption or pain?
Possible responses:
→ Usually broken up / disturbed
→ Sometimes broken up / disturbed
→ Average/sound / don't know
→ Generally deep
→ Always deep
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate disturbed sleep, somewhat disturbed sleep, being a normal sleeper or being a deep sleeper, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Based on doctors' estimates, sleep disturbances are experienced by approximately 75% of Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia sufferers.

Low Melatonin Level

A history of light, anxious, restless sleep is often evidence of low melatonin levels.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Patients rarely complain about frequent awakenings due to obstruction, but it does occur.

Pinworm Infection

A heavy pinworm infection can cause difficulty in sleeping.

... and also rule out issues such as:
Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

Regular good sleep habits (non-wakeful rest during the night, not snoring, waking refreshed) tend to contraindicate adrenal stress.

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