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:
  • Magnesium Toxicity
  • Vasectomy Side-Effects
  • Depression

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
regular night terrors
shortness of breath when at rest
regular episodes of diarrhea
history of adult allergies
pre/menstrual depression
loss of interest in activities
several past abortions
suicidal thoughts
loss of appetite
much magnesium supplementation
frequent sleep paralysis
low diastolic blood pressure
... 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
Vasectomy Side-Effects 92% Confirm
Magnesium Toxicity 16% Unlikely
Depression 2% 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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