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According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, over 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. I dare say a fair percentage of them are probably fibromyalgia patients. In addition to pain and fatigue, sleep dysfunction is one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia. More than 75% of people diagnosed with FM have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep and/or awakening from sleep feeling rested and refreshed. In studies where healthy people were deprived of sleep, they developed many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. That raises a chicken-or-egg-type of question – does fibromyalgia cause a sleep disorder or does a sleep disorder lead to fibromyalgia? No one really knows the answer, but we can be pretty sure that a lack of quality sleep is at least a significant contributing factor to many fibromyalgia symptoms. Sleep Facts The amount of sleep we need each night varies with the individual. Experts ...
I never cease to be amazed at the similarities of people from all over the world, every ethnicity, every country, and how small the world has become making it easier to learn about each other. I was recently in Kyoto, Japan, and was stopped on the street by a gentleman who wished to welcome me to his city. It turned out that he was educated in the U.S. at the same schools that I was. He had recently retired as Professor of English Language and Semantics at the University of Kyoto. As we spoke of many things, including medicine, he asked questions regarding sleeping pills, sleep disturbances, and alcohol relating to whether these represented character deficiencies and weaknesses (as one would consider when looking at most literature).
Actually, this is a very important topic. Despite the new development of sleep laboratories and sleep studies we know very little about the subject. Indeed, even the newest and most expensive of our tests is unable to predict when a person in a com...
Irregular sleep-wake syndrome is sleeping without any real schedule.
Sleep-wake syndrome - irregular
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Some people have an irregular sleep-wake pattern because of a problem with brain function, the body's internal clock (circadian pacemaker), or other reasons.
This disorder is very uncommon. It typically occurs in someone with a brain dysfunction who does not have a regular routine during the day. The amount of total sleep time is normal, but the body clock loses its normal circadian cycle.
Similar symptoms may be seen in people who have frequently changing work shifts and in travelers who often change time zones. These people have a different condition, such as shift work sleep disorder or jet lag syndrome.
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