Sleep problems and their characteristics

Friday, 30. June 2017

Sleep problems and their characteristics

Not all sleeping problems are the same. The symptoms can vary, with sleep disorders expressing themselves in different ways, as well as having differing causes.

Very roughly, one can distinguish the following types of sleep disorders on the basis of their symptoms:

1. Insomnia (problems falling or staying asleep)

The effect of the symptoms of this is that sleep is not relaxing enough. Problems falling asleep are as much a part of this as frequent waking up at night, trouble dropping off again, and waking up too early in the morning. The feeling of never having properly slept is part of this sleep disorder.

2. Hypersomnia

This centres around the symptom of difficulty staying awake during the day. It often leads to unintentionally falling asleep during the day and the feeling of being constantly sleepy or tired.

3. Parasomnia

Abnormalities during sleep are part of parasomnia. These include, among other, nightmares, sleepwalking, talking in sleep, teeth grinding etc.

4. Disruption to the sleeping pattern

Typical for this is the problem of not being able to sleep in ‘normal’ times. People suffering this often go to bed very early or very late.

As a general rule: people who suffer from different types of sleep disorders have their memory formation during sleep impaired. Healthy sleep has been proven to help the formation of memory. Phases of deep sleep are especially important for this, and these are affected by classic sleep problems.

Consequences of regular sleep problems

Sleep disorders increase the susceptibility to disease, and lead to losses of motivation, as well as a reduction in the ability to concentrate. Decreased quality of life and efficiency follows for people affected, who can get depressed, exhausted and at the same time constantly tense and irritable. Sleep plays an important role also in the development of numerous illnesses. Among other things, sleep disorders can be harbingers for depression as well as other neurological and psychological disorders. Lack of sleep can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

Why can electrosmog be the cause of sleep problems?

Electromagnetic radiation influences the day/night cycle of people. This can go as far as disrupting this pattern and causing for melatonin not to be produced in the right quantity or quality. When falling asleep, the body secretes the hormone melatonin, which slowly decreases in concentration in the course of sleep. The neurohormone serotonin is also important during sleep. Complex mechanisms in the body regulate the levels of hormones in the blood, and this is shown to be changed by electrosmog.

This fact may cause problems in falling or staying asleep as well as neurovegetative disorders in susceptible people and children.

How can you avoid radiation though and thus enjoy more relaxing sleep? It is the individual responsibility of people to remove sources of radiation from the bedroom or minimise them. As you are unable to escape external radiation, total avoidance of radiation in the bedroom is barely possible now. You can’t turn off the neighbours’ WiFi or remove power cables passing the house, after all. It is a question of finding alternatives that help give you a relaxing and healthy sleep despite the radiation exposure.