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
  • PMS D
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Stress
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Insomnia
  • Hyperthyroidism

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:
methamphetamine use
low energy/stamina
disturbed sleep
recent death of a loved one
being able to stay up late
frequent sleepwalking
long work hours
weak appetite
minor pain in cold/cool/damp weather
constant fatigue
regular sleep paralysis
breast soreness during cycle
... and more than 150 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
Hyperthyroidism 98% Confirm
Anxiety 26% Unlikely
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 20% Unlikely
Hypoglycemia 1% Ruled out
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 1% Ruled out
Insomnia 0% Ruled out
Stress 0% Ruled out
PMS D 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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